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Chapter 22. Creating and Editing Charts > Selecting and Customizing a Chart Typ...

Selecting and Customizing a Chart Type

When you create a new chart, Excel lets you pick from 73 different chart types in 14 categories (although a significant number of these choices are actually just minor variations of others in the same category). You can also choose from a gallery of 20 built-in custom chart types, and you can create and save your own chart types as well. The type of data you're planning to plot usually dictates what type of chart you should choose.

Choosing a Standard Chart Type

When you start the Chart Wizard, the first step is to specify what type of chart you want to create. After you create a chart, you can easily change it to a new type; right-click the chart area or plot area and choose Chart Type, or click the Chart Type button on the Chart toolbar to display the Chart Type dialog box. The following list includes all the standard Excel chart types and describes how you can best use them:


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