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Lesson 18. Making Your Charts Look Better > Enhancing the Chart Area

Enhancing the Chart Area

Another way to enhance the overall look of your Excel chart is to change the color and pattern attributes of the chart area. This is the entire area enclosed within the chart's frame. To enhance the chart area, follow these steps:

  1. Select the chart area (click on the chart or select Chart Area in the Chart Objects drop-down list on the Chart toolbar).

  2. Click the Format Chart Area button on the Chart toolbar (or Select Format, Selected Chart Area).

  3. To change the border and fill color for the entire chart, click the Patterns tab and use the drop-down lists and option buttons to select the line weight and color for the chart area.

  4. To change the fonts used in the chart area, click the Font tab and make the appropriate selections.

  5. When you have finished changing the various attributes of the chart area, click the OK button to close the dialog box.


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