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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

Applying WordArt styles


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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

with Dennis Taylor

Video: Applying WordArt styles

WordArt, which is ideal for specialized title needs, is available, but in a limited version, within charts. You can use it to control text outlining and filling, as well as applying special effects like Shadow, Reflection, and Glow. If you have used this feature in prior versions, you might be a little disappointed in some of the uses of it in Excel 2007. It's not quite a full-fledged version as it was in the past. The chart on the right has a title in it, and it looks okay, but we might want to make some changes to it, and not by way of shape styles or shape effects, but by a way of WordArt.
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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

Applying WordArt styles

WordArt, which is ideal for specialized title needs, is available, but in a limited version, within charts. You can use it to control text outlining and filling, as well as applying special effects like Shadow, Reflection, and Glow. If you have used this feature in prior versions, you might be a little disappointed in some of the uses of it in Excel 2007. It's not quite a full-fledged version as it was in the past. The chart on the right has a title in it, and it looks okay, but we might want to make some changes to it, and not by way of shape styles or shape effects, but by a way of WordArt.

So, let's just click the box here. In the Ribbon on the Format tab, we see WordArt Styles. Now, this is one of those features-- and you can almost see it coming-- if I am going to press the down arrow here, the choices are going to overlap what I am seeing below. Now I can see most of it, so maybe we don't worry about it, but sometimes of course, what we'll need to do is maybe step back and scroll leftward or rightward to get that chart maybe on the left side of the screen as we make these choices. But here, as I'm sliding over these, keep your eye on the text in the background, just to the right there, Two Trees Olive Company and see what could be happening as I explore some of these choices here.

Some of them, by the way, are not very readable, and here and there I have my favorites and certainly a lot of non- favorites as well. And some of them have other effects, like this one has a Reflection effect, so we can do that. Maybe we'll just pick one here like this one, and since that doesn't have a Reflection effect and maybe you'd like that idea, it's still selected. Maybe click the drop arrow right here, Text Effects > Shadow and again, sliding over the choices here, keep your eye on the text as you explore some of the many, many options. Here is Reflection and nine choices there.

I know for a while I was using this, and then I realized that I was using it way too much and decided I haven't used it much since, but you have your favorites and you pick this effect, that affect. It's easy to apply, and again those things that make the chart more appealing. And like some other choices you might have seen elsewhere, there are also Glow and 24 possibilities there. Some of these choices don't work with text. Notice also that you do have the ability to highlight a portion of the text, and then when you make some of these choices here you can apply features just to the highlighted part or to all parts of it.

You can clear the WordArt. I mean lots of things to explore here in terms of effects. Another choice over here. You can go pick your own colors too, as if you didn't have enough choice already here. So, there are times when you want to apply special effects to text areas of charts, and I didn't mean to suggest that you would use this only on main titles, although I think there is, for a lot of people, that's the main use of WordArt, on the main title of a chart, but you can use this in other text areas of the chart as well. Once again, it's that extra feature that sometimes gives it some visual flair that you like.

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