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Creating Charts in Pages for the Mac

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This chapter shows you how to create graphs and charts using Pages for Mac.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

If you need something more visual than a table full of data, you can use charts. There are several kinds of charts, such as bar graphs, line graphs, and pie charts. You’ve also got a plethora of chart colors and styles, including customizable 3D graphics.

Creating a Basic Bar Graph

Although the different types of charts may vary greatly in appearance, the underlying controls are very similar. Therefore, learning how to make a basic bar graph will teach you what you need to know to create other charts.

Pages calls vertical bar graphs column charts and horizontal bar graphs bar charts. We’ll create a vertical column chart, but the same technique can be used to create a horizontal one.

  1. Create a new document. Charts work in both word processing and page layout documents, but we use a page layout document in this example.
  2. Click the Charts button on the toolbar.
  3. Select the first type of chart, called a column chart.

  4. You should see a sample chart. Instead of starting with a blank chart, like you do with with tables, you’ll always get sample data when starting a new chart so that you have something to start with.
  5. The Chart Data Editor should also appear as a separate window. If it does not, you can choose Format, Chart, Show Data Editor.

  6. To add another item to the chart, click the Add Column button.
  7. Add a label for that item by double-clicking the header cell in the table.
  8. Add data for that item.
  9. You’ll see a new item appear in real time as you use the Chart Data Editor.
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