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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth
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Adding shape effects


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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

with Dennis Taylor

Video: Adding shape effects

To provide more variety and visual impact, you can use the many shape outline and shape effects such as glow, 3D, soft edges, reflection. These are options on the Format tab that you can apply to various chart elements. When the Format tab is active, as it is right now, if you were to go to Shape Effects, suppose I want to make a Shape Effect application to the title here. I am going to click here and try one of these, and I want to point this out because I remember doing this a while ago, trying to apply something called Glow and I'm trying this and here are some choices and nothing seems to be happening.
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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 22m 7s
    1. Identifying chart elements like plot area, chart area, gridlines, and legends
      5m 3s
    2. Selecting the right chart type
      8m 2s
    3. Understanding chart terminology
      6m 31s
    4. Understanding the Ribbon and the Design, Layout, and Format tabs
      2m 31s
  3. 16m 24s
    1. Selecting data to display as a chart
      6m 17s
    2. Creating charts instantly with shortcuts
      4m 33s
    3. Creating charts with standard menu commands
      2m 24s
    4. Creating presentation-ready charts with just a few adjustments
      3m 10s
  4. 28m 8s
    1. Switching rows and columns for a different view of the data
      3m 9s
    2. Setting a default chart type and creating a template
      3m 47s
    3. Dealing with empty and hidden cells
      4m 18s
    4. Choosing a chart layout
      4m 33s
    5. Choosing a chart style from 48 colorful variations
      3m 34s
    6. Changing the location of a chart
      3m 33s
    7. Moving and resizing a chart
      5m 14s
  5. 11m 25s
    1. Using pictures as chart elements
      3m 55s
    2. Adding shapes and arrows
      3m 37s
    3. Adding floating text and text boxes
      3m 53s
  6. 33m 45s
    1. Adding, editing, and removing chart titles
      3m 15s
    2. Adding horizontal and vertical titles
      3m 56s
    3. Linking titles to content
      2m 32s
    4. Showing numbers of different scales
      4m 38s
    5. Specifying the position of tick marks and axis labels
      2m 41s
    6. Changing the numeric format on labels
      5m 34s
    7. Adding, editing, and removing legends
      3m 19s
    8. Adding and editing data labels
      4m 40s
    9. Showing the source of a chart's data
      3m 10s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Modifying axis scaling
      3m 50s
    2. Working with gridlines
      4m 23s
  8. 12m 53s
    1. Analyzing existing and future data with trendlines
      4m 2s
    2. Adding drop lines
      3m 14s
    3. Adding high-low lines and up-down bars
      1m 39s
    4. Adding error bars
      3m 58s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Selecting shape fill and outline
      3m 3s
    2. Adding shape effects
      3m 19s
    3. Applying WordArt styles
      2m 51s
  10. 16m 33s
    1. Formatting lines and borders
      4m 24s
    2. Filling an area with a color gradient
      2m 7s
    3. Specifying line style, color, and weight
      2m 46s
    4. Working with chart text
      3m 40s
    5. Changing the rotation of chart text
      3m 36s
  11. 38m 39s
    1. Using column and bar charts
      7m 24s
    2. Using line charts
      5m 46s
    3. Using pie charts
      8m 37s
    4. Using area, stock, and XY charts
      9m 3s
    5. Using doughnut, bubble, and radar charts
      7m 49s
  12. 10m 55s
    1. Pasting new data into a chart
      2m 58s
    2. Creating charts from multiple data sources
      3m 39s
    3. Adding new data using a table
      4m 18s
  13. 6m 19s
    1. Printing charts
      6m 19s
  14. 19s
    1. Next steps
      19s

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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth
3h 36m Intermediate Jun 15, 2011

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In this course, Dennis Taylor shows how to analyze and communicate the value of data with charts in Excel. The course starts with the foundations: what the parts of a chart are, what the different types of charts are, and which charts work best for your data. The course then shows how to create a presentation-ready chart in minutes and offers dozens of in-depth tutorials on formatting and fine-tuning charts so they represent data clearly and accurately.

Topics include:
  • Identifying the plot area, chart area, gridlines, legends, and more
  • Selecting the right chart type
  • Creating charts instantly with shortcuts
  • Choosing a layout
  • Dealing with empty and hidden cells
  • Switching rows and columns for a different view of the data
  • Moving and resizing a chart
  • Inserting pictures and shapes
  • Adding labels to a chart
  • Analyzing existing and future data with trendlines
  • Changing a chart's data source
  • Printing charts
Subjects:
Business Charts + Graphs
Software:
Excel Office
Author:
Dennis Taylor

Adding shape effects

To provide more variety and visual impact, you can use the many shape outline and shape effects such as glow, 3D, soft edges, reflection. These are options on the Format tab that you can apply to various chart elements. When the Format tab is active, as it is right now, if you were to go to Shape Effects, suppose I want to make a Shape Effect application to the title here. I am going to click here and try one of these, and I want to point this out because I remember doing this a while ago, trying to apply something called Glow and I'm trying this and here are some choices and nothing seems to be happening.

The reason it's not is that most of these features here that we are talking about, Shape Effects, Shape Outline, are dependent upon the idea that you've already applied a shape style. So, let's click the drop arrow here and maybe just pick one of these at random, say this one right here. Now, if we go to Shape Effects, we could apply a glow here and Glow is one of these features where I think a lot of us thought, "Have we really needed this? Has this been missing from our lives?" Well, we've got lots of choices here, and you see what's happening as I'm sliding over these various choices here. You see what it's doing to the title. And used with discretion, and not in every single example, or in every single body of text, this might make some sense.

Again, we are talking about a little bit of pizzazz here, a little bit of flare that you want to provide on this chart or that chart, something like that. Clicking outside of this, by the way, we are not seeing the border. So, the Shape Outline maybe has something to be said for it too, so that button, Shape Outline, also in the same general area on the Format tab, right above Shape Effects. We can change the color of the outline. For example, right now, we can see that the box around the Two Trees Olive Oil Company is sort of orange. You could, then from there, if you wanted to, probably some of those other choices here, change the thickness of this.

Now, without suggesting that these are all frivolous, again, you can get a little carried away with this. It's going to take up some time as you try some of these various choices. Keep in mind, some of these might be applied to the inner plot area or the outer chart area as well. The example here, as I suggested earlier, choose a Shape Style first and then come in if you want to explore some of these choices here. Shadow probably wouldn't have much impact here, and as you make the choices and slide over these, you can see to the left of where I am pointing right now, look at the perimeter of the plot area. Right now there is a shadow on all four edges.

If you want a shadow just in the upper left, we will come down here, and you'll see how the image shows the shadow above and to the left, but not below into the right, and so on. And then there are inner shadows as well. You can see all of these choices. Things that maybe we didn't know we needed or wanted, but they are here. Depending upon what it is you've chosen, not every possible choice is available here. If I wanted to explore Reflection a little bit, maybe I go over here on this chart and choose the title. Again, Reflection is not available to us, so possibly we will make another change, give it a color maybe. And what happens now? Do we have--no, still no Reflection available.

So you will be surprised here and there as to when certain choices appear and don't appear, and some of these are available with different parts of a chart. Shape Effects, Shape Outline effects, all designed to make the chart more appealing from your perspective.

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