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Chapter 15. Formatting Charts > Formatting Data Series

Formatting Data Series

Probably one of the most important aspects of formatting a chart is the formatting of the data series. You either call attention to or away from a series by how it's formatted. In addition to using the chart options provided specifically for formatting data series, you can add colors, fill effects, patterns, and even pictures, as described in the later section "Changing the Border, Color, or Fill of a Chart Item."

By changing the overlap and gap-width settings for the data series in Figure 15.30, a "stacked column" step chart was created. For this chart, set the Overlap setting on the Options tab in the Format Data Series dialog box to 100 and the Gap Width setting to 0. What is the gap width and overlap? The gap width is the gap or space between the categories (for example, the sets of columns on a column chart). The overlap is the amount of overlap of the individual data series (the individual columns in a column chart, for example). You can lay the columns of one data series slightly over the next column data series by changing the gap width.


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