Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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CREATING SEMITRANSPARENT BARS OR COLUMNS
Charts that use series which have been customized using an image can be
saved as a user-defined custom format. See Chapter 4 for more information
about user-defined chart formats.
CREATING SEMITRANSPARENT BARS OR COLUMNS
You may have noticed that the Colors and Lines tab of the Format AutoShape dialog
includes an option labeled Transparency. This enables you to make an AutoShape
semitransparent (that is, a see-through object). The transparency is specified as a
percentage.
Although the columns and bars in an Excel chart do not support transparency,
you can make them transparent by copying and pasting a transparent shape.
Figure 6-21 shows an example. The top chart is a combination chart (area and
columns), and the series plotted as an area is almost obscured by the columns. In
the second chart, the columns are replaced with a transparent shape so that both
series are clearly visible.
Figure 6-21: Copying a transparent AutoShape to columns makes
the area portion of the chart more visible.
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