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Understanding Chart Terminology
Understanding Chart Terminology
Choosing the Right Type of Chart
When you create a chart in Excel, you can choose from a variety of chart types. Each type
interprets data in a slightly different way. For example, a pie chart is great for comparing
parts of a whole, such as regional percentages of a sales total, while a column chart is bet-
ter for showing how different sales regions performed throughout a year. Although there
is some overlap, each chart type is best suited for conveying a different type of informa-
When you generate a chart, you need to evaluate whether the chart type suits the data
being plotted, and whether the formatting choices clarify or overshadow the information.
Sometimes a colorful 3-D chart is just what you need to draw attention to an important
shift; other times, special visual effects might be a distraction.
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