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Lesson 20. Enhancing a Graph > What Can You Add to a Chart?

What Can You Add to a Chart?

You can format existing elements and add elements to a chart to enhance it. Here's a list of some of the more common enhancements:

  • Fonts You can specify type style, size, and attributes for the text you use in the chart.

  • Colors You can change the color of text, lines, bars, and pie slices that you use in your charts to represent data.

  • Axes You can display or hide the lines of the X and Y axes.

  • Titles and Labels You can add a title to the chart or add labels for any of the axes or data points.

    Plain English

    Axes Axes is the plural of axis. The Y axis is the line that runs up the left side of the chart. This axis has the chart values on it. The X axis is the line that runs across the bottom of the chart. This axis has the data series on it. In a 3-D object, you have a third axis: It's Z, and it measures the depth, or "front-to-back" distance of a 3-D object.


  • Text Boxes You can add explanatory text or other text in a separate box.

  • Borders and Shading You can add a border around a chart or add background shading to a chart.


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