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Enhancing the Chart Frame

Up to this point, you have been micromanaging your chart, adding and removing objects from the chart and formatting text, axes, and data series. For a more global change, you can modify the overall appearance of a chart by adding a border or shading. To change a chart’s border and its background shading (or color), follow these steps:

1.
Select the chart. Handles appear around the entire chart.

2.
In the Chart toolbar, open the Chart Objects list and click Chart Area; then click the Format Chart Area button, or right-click on the chart’s background and choose Format Chart Area. The Format Chart Area dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 8.8.

Figure 8.8. You can add a border and background to your chart.


3.
Click the Patterns tab, if needed, to bring it to the front.

4.
Under Border, enter the preferences for the line style, weight, and color of the line that surrounds the chart. You can also choose to add a drop shadow to the border and/or have the corners rounded.

5.
Under Area, choose the desired color for the chart’s background.

6.
Click OK to save your changes and have the specified formatting applied to your chart.


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