Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chart Styles and Layouts
Chart Styles and
Figure 19-19:
This example compares a traditional line chart (top) against
the area chart (bottom). As you can see, the area chart
makes a more dramatic point about the rising sales in
region 2. However, it also obscures the results in region 1.
Figure 19-20:
You can create an area chart that doesn’t obscure any data,
but it needs to be a stacked (as shown here) or 3-D area
chart. The stacked area chart shows the combined total of
all regions, but it still lets you pick out the most important
series. For example, it’s clear that Region 3 (the narrow sliver
on top of the stack) contributes relatively little to the total,
while Region 1 and Region 2 are more important.
Chart Styles and Layouts
Earlier in this topic, you learned how Word styles let you take ready-made formatting
and apply it to your prose to glitz up the dullest document. In the same way, Excel
provides a set of chart styles that you can use to give the plainest chart a makeover.
Chart styles draw from the colors, fonts, and shape effects that are part of an overall
theme (see the following Note). If you use the Trek theme, your chart styles draw
upon a palette of earthy tones, while the Verve theme gives you a much more vivid
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