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Modifying Chart Elements

With the data and labels in place, you’re now ready to make sure the chart looks good and communicates effectively. That’s where formatting the chart elements comes in.

The first task in modifying chart elements is to verify that the chart type conveys the information in the best way possible. For example, say you create a bar chart to illustrate trends at the Rolling Thunder Motorcar Company (see Figure 9.10). You notice that the chart really doesn’t make certain trends clear: It doesn’t clearly show that sales are up and inventory is down.


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