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Adjusting Borders and Areas: General Procedures
Figure 4-3: Each chart element has its own
Format dialog box. This dialog box controls
formatting for the chart’s legend.
When a chart element is selected, you’ll find that many of the toolbar
buttons that you normally use for worksheet formatting also work with the
selected chart element. For example, if you select the chart’s Plot Area, you
can change its color by using the Fill Color tool on the Formatting toolbar. If
you select an element that contains text, you can use the Font Color tool to
change the color of the text. Simple formatting using the toolbar buttons is
usually more efficient than bringing up the dialog box.
Adjusting Borders and Areas:
Many of the Format dialog boxes for chart elements include a tab named Patterns.
This tab lets you adjust the border of the selected element, as well as the interior area.
About the Patterns tab
Figure 4-4 shows the Patterns tab in the Format Data Series dialog box. This tab has
two sections: Border and Area.
Although the Patterns tab of the various Format dialog boxes are similar, they
are not identical. Depending on the chart element, the dialog box may have
additional options. For example, the Patterns tab of the Format Chart Area dialog box
includes a check box that adds rounded corners to the object. The Patterns tab of
the Format Axis dialog box looks completely different because an axis does not
have an interior area.