Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Hands On: Creating a Chart with the Chart Wizard
The Chart Toolbar
The Chart toolbar is a context-sensitive toolbar that appears when you click an
embedded chart, activate a chart sheet, or choose View
Chart. This toolbar,
shown in the accompanying figure, includes nine tools. You can use these tools to
make some common chart changes:
Chart Objects: When a chart is activated, the name of the selected chart
element is displayed in this control. In addition, you can select a particular chart
element by using the drop-down list.
Format Selected Object: Displays the Format dialog box for the selected
chart element.
Chart Type: Expands to display 18 chart types when you click the arrow.
After it’s expanded, you can drag this tool to a new location — creating, in
effect, a miniature floating toolbar.
Legend: Toggles the legend display in the active chart.
Data Table: Toggles the display of the data table in a chart.
By Row: Plots the data by rows.
By Column: Plots the data by columns.
Angle Clockwise: Displays the selected text at a –45-degree angle.
Angle Counterclockwise: Displays the selected text at a +45-degree angle.
If you press Ctrl while you click either of the Angle Text tools, Excel no longer angles
the selected text.
In addition, several tools on the other toolbars work with charts, including the Fill
Color, Font Color, Bold, Italic, and Font tools.
Excel includes several other chart-related tools that aren’t on the Chart toolbar. You can
customize the toolbar to include these additional tools. To customize your Chart toolbar:
1. Make sure the Chart toolbar is displayed.
2. Choose View Toolbars Customize to display the Customize dialog box.
3. Select the Commands tab.
4. Choose Charting from Categories list box.
5. Click an item in the Commands list and drag it to your Chart toolbar.
6. Repeat Step 5 for other commands that you’d like to add.
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