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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth
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Choosing a chart style from 48 colorful variations


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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

with Dennis Taylor

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The colors that we see in the column chart to the right of the data here come automatically, and for many of us, myself included much of the time, they're just fine. I don't worry about them too much. Keep in mind that if you'd like to fine-tune a chart, you could easily change any one of these simply by right-clicking on any of these columns here, Format Data Series, and way too many choices for a lot of us. Let's do talk about a feature though that's readily available and for some people is ideal, particularly if they don't have the time to make a lot of design changes.
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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

Choosing a chart style from 48 colorful variations

The colors that we see in the column chart to the right of the data here come automatically, and for many of us, myself included much of the time, they're just fine. I don't worry about them too much. Keep in mind that if you'd like to fine-tune a chart, you could easily change any one of these simply by right-clicking on any of these columns here, Format Data Series, and way too many choices for a lot of us. Let's do talk about a feature though that's readily available and for some people is ideal, particularly if they don't have the time to make a lot of design changes.

These are actually called style adjustments. Anytime you have selected a chart, if you go to the Design tab, you will see a large group called Chart Styles. There is drop arrow on the right-hand side. 48 choices. If you are an indecisive person, you are going to have some problems with this. A lot of choices here. The default is right here, the upper row here. It's the second choice. And either experiment--I like this one. It's sort of pseudo-three dimensional. Got some surface to it. I like that.

And I kind of question why they have some these. If all these bars have the same color, almost the same color here, for any of us who have difficulty in discerning the differences between colors, I don't think that's such a great chart. But they're here and depending upon chart type, you will see similar choices. So if, for example here, on the Design tab if I change the chart type here to be anything else--and we mean anything else, maybe I'll make it a stacked bar here, click OK-- we see what's happened there and go to the choices, and now there are all our chart choices.

Click there, and so on. But it is quick, it's fast, it's easy. And one thing that will change the way you will proceed with this could be your choice of what's called a theme. Now that's perhaps the stuff of a different course, although it is related to Excel formatting. But let's just point out here that on this worksheet-- let me zoom back a little bit-- there are some other charts. And if we were to change the theme by going to the Page Layout tab in the Ribbon-- left-hand side, choose Themes-- as we slide over some of these choices, you can begin to see some changes in the background.

I think to see this a little bit better here, I'll zoom in a bit more so we can keep our eye on some of these charts. We don't have to see them all necessarily, but once again, on the Page Layout tab, choose Themes, and now I have the mouse hovering over Equity and then Flow and then Foundry and so on and so on. We see what's happening here. I kind of like this one maybe. I don't like that one. I like that one and so on. Now notice how all the charts are changing. So this has some impact.

If I go with Solstice here, not only am I making a change to the colors, but notice the font, particularly in the chart just to the right. It's a different font than we're used to seeing too, and look at the data itself. So that has worksheet-wide implications here as we make these changes. If I go back to the chart now and then on the Design tab look at the Chart Styles, we see what's happening here. And once again, we are seeing a similar kind of layout but obviously different colors than we saw before. So you can imagine the possibilities here and for some people, they get lost in a hopeless tangent here because they can never decide what exactly it is they need.

Easy to get to, 48 different style options, and it does depend upon what you have chosen as a theme. If you stick with the standard theme, I am going to go back to that since I do prefer it and it raises few questions during presentations anyway. Come back to the Office theme, and there we are.

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