Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Parts of a Chart
Chart sheets
You can move an embedded chart to its own chart sheet so that you can view it by clicking a sheet
tab (covered later in this chapter in the “Moving and resizing a chart” section). When you move a
chart to a chart sheet, the chart occupies the entire sheet. If you plan to print a chart on a page by
itself, using a chart sheet is often your better choice. If you have many charts to create, you may want
to put each one on a separate chart sheet to avoid cluttering your worksheet. This technique also
makes locating a particular chart easier because you can change the names of the chart sheets’ tabs
to provide a description of the chart that it contains. Although chart sheets are not typically used in
traditional dashboards, they can come in handy when producing reports that will be viewed in a
multi-tab workbook.
Figure 5-4 shows a chart on a chart sheet. When a chart sheet is activated, Excel displays the Chart
Tools context tabs, as described in the previous section.
Figure 5-4: A chart on a chart sheet.
Parts of a Chart
A chart is made up of many different elements, and all of these elements are optional. Yes, you
can create a chart that contains no chart elements — an empty chart. It’s not very useful, but Excel
allows it.
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