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Exploring chart elements
Exploring chart elements
You can quickly convert your worksheet data into easy-to-read charts. A chart is a graphic
representation of data. As data in a worksheet changes, the chart changes to rel ect this.
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A. Vertical (value) axis. B. Chart area. C. Chart title. D. Plot area.
E. Data marker. F. Legend. G. Gridlines. H. Horizontal (category) axis.
Chart area
The chart area consists of everything inside the chart window, including all the chart
elements listed below.
Chart title
The chart title identii es the subject of the chart.
Vertical (value) axis
The vertical axis (also known as the value or y-axis) shows the data values in the chart, such
as hours worked or units sold.
Gridlines
Gridlines are horizontal and vertical extensions of the tick marks on each axis, and make the
chart easier to read.
Horizontal (category) axis
The horizontal axis (also known as the category or x-axis) shows the categories in the chart,
such as months of the year or branch oi ces.
Legend
The legend is a key that identii es patterns, colors, or symbols associated with the data
markers in a chart data series.
Plot area
This is the area in the chart where the data is plotted, and includes the axes and data markers.
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