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Chapter 15. Creating Charts > Working with Different Chart Types

Working with Different Chart Types

With Excel, you can create many types of charts. Some common chart types are shown in Figure 15.1. The chart type you choose depends on the kind of data you're trying to chart and on how you want to present that data. The following are the major chart types and their purposes:

  • Pie— Use this chart type to show the relationship among parts of a whole.

  • Bar— Use this chart type to compare values at a given point in time.

  • Column— Similar to the bar chart; use this chart type to emphasize the difference between items.

  • Line— Use this chart type to emphasize trends and the change of values over time.

  • Scatter— Similar to a line chart; use this chart type to emphasize the difference between two sets of values.

  • Area— Similar to the line chart; use this chart type to emphasize the amount of change in values over time.


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