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Chapter 17: Charting Techniques
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Charting Techniques
In This Chapter
Creating charts from any number of worksheets or different workbooks
Plotting functions with one and two variables
Creating awesome designs with formulas
Working with linear and nonlinear trendlines
Useful charting tricks for working with charts
When most people think of Excel, they think of analyzing rows and columns of numbers. As you
probably know already, though, Excel is no slouch when it comes to presenting data visually in
the form of a chart. In fact, it’s a safe bet that Excel is the most commonly used software for
creating charts.
After you’ve created a chart, you have almost complete control over nearly every aspect of each
chart. This chapter, which assumes that you’re familiar with Excel’s charting feature,
demonstrates some useful charting techniques — most of which involve formulas.
Understanding the SERIES Formula
You create charts from numbers that appear in a worksheet. You can enter these numbers
directly, or you can derive them as the result of formulas. Normally, the data used by a chart
resides in a single worksheet, within one file, but that’s not a strict requirement. A single chart
can use data from any number of worksheets, or even from different workbooks.
A chart consists of one or more data series, and each data series appears as a line, column, bar,
and so on. Each series in a chart has a SERIES formula. When you select a data series in a chart,
Excel highlights the worksheet data with an outline, and its SERIES formula appears in the
Formula bar (see Figure 17-1).
 
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