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Creating a Chart

A chart provides a visual, graphical representation of numerical data. Whether you turn numbers into a bar, line, pie, surface, or bubble chart, patterns become more apparent. For example, the trend of annual rising profits becomes powerful in a line chart. A second line showing diminishing annual expenses creates an instant map of the success of your business. Titles on the chart, horizontal (x-axis), and vertical (y-axis) identify the data. A legend connects the colors and patterns in a chart with the data they represent. Gridlines are horizontal and vertical lines to help the reader determine data values in a chart. Excel simplifies the chart-making process with the Chart Wizard, a series of dialog boxes that leads you through all the steps to create an effective chart on a new or an existing worksheet. When you choose to place the chart on an existing sheet, rather than on a new sheet, the chart is called an embedded object. You can then resize or move it just as you would any graphic object.


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