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A High-Level Look at Charting in Word

Here's a high-level overview of the process of creating a chart in Word, using Graph 2000:

  1. Select the values in your Word document that you want to graph. (As you'll see, this step is optional; you can enter your source data directly in a Microsoft Graph datasheet [page 886]. However, in most cases you'll already have created the data you want to graph; you may as well use that data rather than start from scratch.)

  2. Choose Insert, Picture, Chart to run Microsoft Graph. Graph inserts a basic chart in your document, immediately beneath the source data.

  3. Right-click on the chart, and choose Chart Type from the shortcut menu.

  4. Set the Chart Type—in other words, tell Word what kind of chart you want.

  5. Set Chart Options: what elements you want the chart to include, such as titles, gridlines, legends, and data labels.

  6. Format the chart and its elements, selecting fonts, colors, backgrounds, and other attributes.

  7. Take another look at the chart and make any changes you want, using Graph's editing, formatting, and drawing tools.

  8. Click outside the chart area to return to Word.


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