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Column charts
T ABLE 2-1 EXCEL’S STANDARD CHART TYPES (Continued)
Chart Type
Subtypes
Pie
6
Doughnut
2
Radar
3
XY (Scatter)
5
Surface
4
Bubble
2
Stock
4
Cylinder
7
Cone
7
Pyramid
7
The remainder of this section discusses each of Excel’s standard chart types and
shows examples of each.
All the subsequent examples are available on this topic’s companion
CD-ROM.
Column charts
Column charts are one of the most common chart types. A column chart displays
each data point as a vertical column, the height of which corresponds to the value.
The value scale is displayed on the vertical axis, which is usually on the left side of
the chart. You can specify any number of data series, and the corresponding data
points from each series can be stacked on top of each other. Typically, each data
series is depicted in a different color or pattern.
Column charts are often used to compare discrete items, and they can depict the
differences between items in a series or items across multiple series.
Table 2-2 lists Excel’s seven column chart subtypes.
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