Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Charts can dramatically enhance the information you’re sharing with others in the
documents you create. A chart can show a reader at a glance what percentage of sales a
particular product comprises. A bar chart quickly shows which division is outselling all the others.
An area chart can show the results of tracking over time. The charts you include in your
documents give you a way to visually showcase important data that others will understand
easily. You might use a chart to:
• Announce a new sales competition for your staff.
• Show the number of volunteers each of your regional sites has trained in the previous
quarter using a pie chart.
• Show the staff how the new construction on your building is coming along by
placing a bar chart over a photo of the building as it’s being constructed.
• Point out which sites are recruiting the greatest number of volunteers using textured
What’s the difference between a chart and a graph? Nothing, really. The terms
are often used interchangeably to describe the graphical depiction of data—early
on, the term charting referred to a type of mapmaking. Graphing , on the other
hand, involved plotting data points and discerning trends and relationships.
Today, the terms mean essentially the same thing; charts and graphs help you
illustrate trends and relationships in your data. Diagramming usually refers to
the process of using a specific model to generate flowcharts or diagrams.
Introducing Word 2010 Chart Types
Charts are often used to illustrate relationships—how one item relates to another, how an
item this year relates to the same item last year, how a product is selling over time. Eleven
different chart types are available:
• Column A column chart is used to show data comparisons. You might show, for
example, how two data series “stack up” against each other for the first quarter.
• Line A line chart plots data points over time or by category. You might use a line
chart to show a trend in product returns over a six-month period.