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Adding Chart Elements
Adding Chart
Elements
Figure 19-22:
This worksheet shows two copies of the same chart, each
with a different layout. The chart at the top includes heavy
gridlines, axis titles, and a legend on the right. The chart
below has a chart title and places the legend at the top. It
also has no gridlines and instead displays the series value
above each column.
Adding Chart Elements
You build every chart out of small components, like titles, gridlines, axes, a legend,
and the bars, points, or exotic shapes that actually represent the data. And Excel lets
you manipulate each of these details separately. That means you can independently
change the format of a label, the outline of bar, the number of gridlines, and the font
and color of just about everything.
Figure 19-23 shows the different elements that make up a chart. They include:
Title . The title labels the whole chart. In addition, you can add titles to the axes.
If you do, then you can select these titles separately.
Legend . The legend identifies each data series on the chart with a different
color. A legend’s useful only when the chart contains more than one series.
Horizontal and Vertical Axes . An axis runs along each edge of the chart and
determines the scale. In a typical two-dimensional chart, you have two axes: the
category axis (typically on the bottom of the chart, running horizontally), and
the value axis (typically on the left, running vertically).
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