Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using the Chart Tools
2. Hold down the left mouse button and drag (move) the mouse to shrink
or expand your chart.
3. Release the left mouse button when you’re happy with the new size of
your chart.
Using the Chart Tools
As soon as you create a chart or click on an existing chart, Excel displays the
Chart Tools category, which displays Design, Layout, and Format tabs. If you
click on the Design tab, you’ll see tools organized into four categories:
Type: Lets you change the chart type
Data: Lets you change the source where the chart retrieves its data or
switch the data from appearing along the X-axis to the Y-axis and vice
versa
Chart Layouts: Lets you change the individual parts of a chart, such as
the chart title, X- or Y-axis labels, or the placement of the chart legend
(top, bottom, left, right)
Chart Styles: Provides different ways to change the appearance of your
chart
Changing the chart type
After you create a chart, you can experiment with how your data may look
when displayed as a different chart, such as switching your chart from a bar
chart to a pie chart. To change chart types, follow these steps:
1. Click the chart you want to change.
The Chart Tools category appears.
2. Click the Design tab under the Chart Tools category.
3. Click the Change Chart Type icon in the Type group.
The Change Chart Type dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 10-6.
4. Click a chart type, such as Pie or Column.
The dialog box displays a list of chart designs in the right panel of the
dialog box.
5. Click the chart design you want in the right panel.
6. Click OK.
Excel displays your new chart.
 
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