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Chapter 15. Charts

Numeric information is often easiest to understand when presented graphically. In Excel you can make a default chart with a single keystroke. Once Excel has created the chart, you can tailor it to your needs by clicking any element and using Excel's tools to edit that element. You can add, change, or delete titles, labels, legends, and gridlines. You can choose from nearly two dozen different chart styles, including bar, column, line, area, pie, scatter, bubble, and radar charts, and you can add 3D effects to many of them. You can easily add, change, or remove color, patterns, and shading, and you can change the scale, labeling, and look of the axes. If you go back and edit the data used to create the chart, the chart changes on the fly to reflect the new values. Don't be afraid to experiment with options you don't completely understand; you can easily undo almost any change by using Edit > Undo or the Undo button on the Standard toolbar.


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