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3. Formatting, Printing, and Table Hacks > 18. Make a Simple Bar Graph

Make a Simple Bar Graph

Simple graphics can really spice up a document. This hack shows you how to create a bar graph by fiddling with some table formatting.

Word can’t really match a true layout or graphics program like Quark or Freehand for complex layouts and graphics, but you can use more than text and clip art to create visually appealing documents in Word.

For example, say that each month you dutifully put together the company newsletter in Word. Last month, you asked everyone to cast their votes for the name of the company’s new softball team (Lions, Tigers, or Bears). You want to publish the results in the newsletter using a simple bar graph like the one shown in Figure 3-15.

A simple bar graph, created with a Word table
Figure 3-15. A simple bar graph, created with a Word table

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