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Chapter 1. Excel: Quick Start! > Building a Sample Chart

Building a Sample Chart

Excel makes charting easy and relatively painless. The ChartWizard tool can walk you through each step in the process of turning worksheet data into a professional looking chart or graph. A chart takes your data and represents it visually. You can think of a chart as a snapshot picture of your data. With this picture, you or your intended audience can more easily see the relationship among the data. For example, if you chart sales by division, you can see, at a glance, which division leads in sales. If you create a pie chart of household spending, you can easily see which area has the biggest slice of the pie. You not only can visually see the relationship, but you can see patterns and trends, and you can quickly summarize data in a chart.

You can choose to add a chart on the worksheet or as a separate sheet in the workbook. If you create a chart on the same sheet as your data, Excel prints it side-by-side with your worksheet data. If you create a chart on a separate worksheet, you can print it separately. Both types of charts link to the worksheet data that they represent, so when you change the data, Excel automatically updates the chart.


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