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Formatting Chart Objects

PP07S-3.6.2, PP07S-3.6.3

Chart objects are the individual elements that make up a chart, such as an axis, the legend, or a data series. The plot area is the bordered area where the data are plotted. The chart area is the area between the plot area and the chart object selection box. Before you can format a chart object, you need to select it first. You can select a chart object directly on the chart or use the Chart Elements list arrow on the Ribbon. Once you select a chart object, you can use options on the Format tab to modify them. In the same way you can apply shape fills, outlines, and effects to a shape, you can also apply them to shapes in a chart.

Select a Chart Object

1.gif Select the chart you want to change.

2.gif Click the Format tab under Chart Tools.

3.gif Click the Chart Elements list arrow.

4.gif Click the chart object you want to select.

When a chart object is selected, selection handles appear.

5.gif Use the Home, Design, Layout, or Format tabs to change the selected chart element.

Change a Chart Object Style

1.gif Select the chart or a chart element you want to change.

When a chart object is selected, selection handles appear.

2.gif Click the Format tab under Chart Tools.

3.gif Click the Format Selection button.

4.gif Select the options you want. The available options change depending on the chart object.

5.gif Click Close.

Apply a Shape Styles to a Chart Object

1.gif Select the chart element you want to modify.

2.gif Click the Format tab under Chart Tools.

3.gif Click the Shape Fill, Shape Outline, or Shape Effects button, and then click or point to an option.

  • Fill. Click a color, No Fill, or Picture to select an image, or point to Gradient, or Texture, and then select a style.
  • Outline. Click a color or No Outline, or point to Weight, or Dashes, and then select a style.
  • Effects. Point to an effect category (Preset, Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Soft Edges, Bevel, or 3-D Rotations), and then select an option.
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