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Inserting and Creating a Chart

A chart provides a visual, graphical representation of numerical data. Charts add visual interest and useful information represented by lines, bars, pie slices, or other markers. A group of data values from a row or column of data makes up a data series. Each data series has a unique color or pattern on the chart. Titles on the chart, horizontal (x-axis), and vertical (y-axis) identify the data. Gridlines are horizontal and vertical lines to help the reader determine data values in a chart. When you insert a chart, it’s placed as an embedded object. Office programs use Microsoft Excel to embed and display a chart. You can then resize or move it just as you would any object. Start by choosing the chart type that is best suited for presenting your data. There are a wide variety of chart types, 2-D and 3-D formats, from which to choose. In Excel, you can also choose a recommended chart (New!) based on the data.

Insert and Create a Chart

  • yellow-circle-01.jpg Select the data you want to use to create a chart.
  • yellow-circle-02.jpg Click the Insert tab.
  • yellow-circle-03.jpg Use one of the following methods:

    • All Chart Types. Click the Charts button or click the Charts Dialog Box Launcher (Excel), click the All Charts tab, click a category in the left pane, click a chart, and then click OK.
    • Basic Chart Types. In Excel, click a chart button (Column, Line, Pie, Bar, Area, Scatter, Other Charts) in the Charts group, and then click the chart type you want.
    • Recommended Charts. In Excel, click the Recommended Charts button (New!), click a chart in the left pane, and then click OK.
  • yellow-circle-04.jpg To change the chart type, click the Change Chart Type button on the Design tab under Chart Tools.
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