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Inserting a Data Chart

The first step in creating a chart is to decide how you want to insert the chart object. Several PowerPoint layouts use the content placeholder, which includes an icon for creating a chart. For example, to create a slide that contains a title and a chart, follow these steps:

1.
Choose Format, Slide Layout to display the Slide Layout task pane.

2.
Scroll through the list of layout types until you find one that provides for content, such as the Title and Content layout.

3.
Click the layout to add placeholders to the slide (see Figure 9.1).

Figure 9.1. Content placeholders enable you to quickly insert a data chart.


4.
Click the Insert Chart icon (refer to Figure 9.1) to start the Microsoft Graph program, which automatically creates a bar chart. A separate datasheet that contains sample numbers also appears (see Figure 9.2). At this point, you can edit the data, change the chart type, and more, all of which we’ll explore in this chapter.

Figure 9.2. The Microsoft Graph program provides several tools specifically designed for working with charts.


5.
To return to the PowerPoint slide, click outside the chart box. PowerPoint closes the Microsoft Graph program and displays the completed chart as a PowerPoint object (see Figure 9.3).


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