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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.
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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