Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Formatting Charts
the left of each data label. Readers will be able to see at a glance which items relate to the
categories in your chart legend.
Note
The data labels Word uses are taken directly from your datasheet. If you want to
change a data label on the chart, it’s best to go back to the datasheet and make the
change there. Otherwise, the label change might not “stick,” and you might see the
same old label displayed the next time you view your chart.
troubleshooting
I can’t see axis titles in my chart.
If you’re having trouble seeing the axis titles along the Category and Values axes on
your chart, the chart area might be too small to display all the chart information
successfully. Try enlarging the chart by clicking it and then dragging one of the resize
handles outward. If that doesn’t do the trick, right-click the axis title while editing the
chart and then choose a different font or font size on the Mini Toolbar.
Formatting Charts
Word gives you the ability to format all the different elements included in your chart. You
might want to change the font of a title, resize the labels, change the background color,
change the line thickness, apply a pattern, or perform any number of other tricks—includ-
ing adding drop shadows, glow effects, or 3-D enhancements.
To choose the chart object you want to work with, click the chart, choose the Layout tab
on the Chart Tools, and then click the Chart Elements arrow in the Current Selection group.
A list of possible objects appears, as shown in Figure 16-20. When you click your choice,
Word selects that item in the chart. You can then right-click the item to display a format
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