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Create Compelling SmartArt Diagrams and Charts
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Create Compelling SmartArt Diagrams
and Charts
Adding SmartArt Diagrams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493
Creative Charting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 499
Introducing Word 2010 Chart Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 499
Creating a Basic Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 501
Entering Chart Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 506
Editing and Enhancing Chart Information . . . . . . . . . . . 509
Formatting Charts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518
What’s Next? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 522
D epending on the nature of the document you’re creating, it might be important to
both show and tell readers the points you most want them to remember. You can
illustrate your most important ideas—showcasing comparisons, depicting processes,
and portraying important relationships among departments, vendors, sales data, and more.
And in addition to the functional nature of the illustrations you can add in Word 2010, they
just look nice; they add color, special effects, dimension, and more to your two-dimensional
page.
In this chapter you learn about SmartArt, the diagramming tool that is included as part of
Word 2010, and find out how to add and enhance charts in your Word document. What’s
more, the charts you add interact easily with Excel 2010, so you can use simple worksheet
sections or complex calculations as part of the charts you create.
Adding SmartArt Diagrams
The name SmartArt says much about the functionality of this feature, which was first made
available in Word 2007. SmartArt enables you to diagram your ideas easily—in a wide
variety of ways—and enhance those diagrams by adding special effects, such as shadows,
3-D effects, styles, color schemes, and more.
SmartArt simplifies the process of creating diagrams of all sorts. When you need to create
any kind of diagram that illustrates a process, a workflow, a listing, or the way things work
together, you can do it quickly with just a few clicks of the mouse using SmartArt.
SmartArt is an interactive diagramming tool that is a dramatic improvement over the
diagram feature available in versions prior to Word 2007. With earlier tools, you were limited
to six diagram types, and your formatting options were also limited. With SmartArt, you can
choose from a large collection of diagram styles, customize them to your heart’s content,
and include your own pictures within the body of the diagram. What’s more, you can apply
a variety of design styles to add depth, shadow, shine, and perspective.
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