Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Parts of a Chart
Most charts provide some method of identifying the data series or data points. A
legend , for example, is often used to identify the various series in a chart. In this
example, the legend appears on the right side of the chart. Some charts also display
data labels to identify specific data points. The example chart displays data labels
for the Profit Margin series, but not for the Income series. In addition, most charts
(including the example chart) contain a chart title and additional labels to identify
the axes or categories.
The example chart also contains horizontal gridlines (which correspond to the
left value axis). Gridlines are basically extensions of the value axis scale, which
makes it easier for the viewer to determine the magnitude of the data points.
In addition, all charts have a chart area (the entire background area of the chart)
and a plot area (the part that shows the actual chart, including the plotted data, the
axes, and the axis labels.).
Charts will have additional parts or fewer parts, depending on the chart type. For
example, a pie chart (see Figure 1-6) has “slices” and no axes. A 3-D chart may
have walls and a floor (see Figure 1-7).
Many other types of items can be added to a chart. For example, you can add a
trendline or display error bars .
Figure 1-6: A pie chart
Figure 1-7: A 3-D column chart