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Chapter 10: Charming Charts and Gorgeous Graphics
Chapter 10
Charming Charts and
Gorgeous Graphics
In This Chapter
Creating great-looking charts with just a few clicks
Customizing the chart from the Chart Tools contextual tab
Representing data visually with sparklines
Adding a text box and arrow to a chart
Inserting clip art into your worksheets
Adding WordArt and SmartArt to a worksheet
Printing a chart without printing the rest of the worksheet data
As Confucius was reported to have once said, “A picture is worth a
thousand words” (or, in our case, numbers). By adding charts to
worksheets, you not only heighten interest in the otherwise boring numbers, but
also illustrate trends and anomalies that may not be apparent from just
looking at the values alone. Because Excel 2013 makes it so easy to chart the
numbers in a worksheet, you can also experiment with different types of charts
until you find the one that best represents the data — in other words, the
picture that best tells the particular story.
Making Professional-Looking Charts
I just want to say a few words about charts in general before taking you
through the steps for making them in Excel 2013. Remember your high-school
algebra teacher valiantly trying to teach you how to graph equations by
plotting different values on an x-axis and a y-axis on graph paper? Of course, you
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