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Chapter 13 Generating Excel Charts
Picture yourself trying to work on a jigsaw puzzle
without the box to show you the overall picture. Without seeing the
complete picture, the pieces may not come together as you think.
It’s the same with a chart. Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand
words certainly could have been referring to a chart.
Besides, looking at raw data can be boring, misleading, and it’s often
taken out of context. Everyone likes looking at pictures more than
looking at raw data. Charts, sometimes referred to as graphs, provide an
effective way to represent your worksheet data by making the associations
between numbers easier to see. The chart turns numbers into shapes and
enables you to compare the shapes to each other.
Whatever the idea you are trying to convey, charts make it easier. Charts
let you almost effortlessly get your thoughts across, and, because
different charts may cause you to draw varied conclusions, they may also
stimulate questions about your data.
In time past, you’ve probably used graph paper and spent many hours
trying to draw a chart. You’ll really welcome the ease with which you can
create dozens of chart styles using your Excel data. And you don’t have to
draw anything. With just a few mouse clicks and a couple of decisions on
your part, you have a two- or three-dimensional data diagram.