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Chapter 14. Showcasing Data with Charts,... > Creating the Right Chart for the Job

Creating the Right Chart for the Job

Making sure you’ve got the right chart for the data you’re displaying is key to communicating your point most effectively. Some charts, such as bar and column charts, are best for comparing data items—for example, tracking the sales of apples compared to oranges. Other charts, such as pie charts, are better for showing the relation of individual items to a whole—such as the sales of apples and oranges as they compare to total produce sold in May 2004.

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Create your own custom chart types

You can also create your own custom chart types with Graph. When there’s a specific type of chart you want, or a mix of chart types, you can create your own specifications and save them with the current document. To find out more about creating a custom chart type, see “Creating Your Own Chart Types,” on page 439.



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