Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Understanding Chart Types
Figure 18.11 shows the same set of data plotted by using six different chart types.
Although all six charts represent the same information (monthly website visitors), they
look quite different from one another.
The same data, plotted by using six chart types
The column chart (upper left) is probably the best choice for this particular set of data
because it clearly shows the information for each month in discrete units. The bar chart
(upper right) is similar to a column chart, but the axes are swapped. Most people are more
accustomed to seeing time-based information extend from left to right rather than from
top to bottom, so this isn’t the optimal choice.