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CREATING GRAPHICS
Company Sales–2008 to 2010
$14,000,000
$12,000,000
$10,000,000
$8,000,000
$6,000,000
$4,000,000
$2,000,000
$0
2008
2009
2010
FIGURE F-5
Column chart: appropriate use
As another example, you might want to compare the sales revenues from several different products. You
can use a clustered bar chart to show changes in each product
s sales over time, as in Figure F-6. This type of
chart is called a
chart in Excel.
When building a chart, include labels that explain the graphics. For instance, when using a graph with an
x- and y-axis, you should show what each axis represents so your audience does not puzzle over the graphic
while you are speaking. Figures F-6 and F-7 illustrate the necessity of good labels.
clustered column
90
80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0
1
2
3
4
January
February
March
FIGURE F-6
3-D clustered column graph without labels
 
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