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Chapter 11. Working with Charts > Understanding Charts in PowerPoint

Understanding Charts in PowerPoint

In PowerPoint, you can use the Microsoft Graph application to create powerful charts in your presentation or you can insert charts created in another application, such as Excel. Using Microsoft Graph from within PowerPoint is the easiest alternative if you need to create a chart from scratch and don't need to apply Excel's calculation and formula capabilities to your chart data. If you've already created a chart in Excel or you need to analyze complex data, inserting an Excel chart is the best solution.

Note

For the sake of consistency, we use the term chart throughout this chapter to match PowerPoint's interface. You'll note, however, that the application you use to create charts is called Microsoft Graph. Essentially, chart and graph are synonyms for any kind of graphical representation of numeric information.



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