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Filling an area with a color gradient

From: Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

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You can fill columns, bars, pie slices, chart areas, plot areas, and many other nonlinear chart elements, in other words those elements that encompass boxes or spaces, with built-in and your own created color gradients. Once again, we're talking about the capability of going beyond what you might find in the Format tab in the Ribbon. So, despite all of the choices that we have here, we might want to change colors based on our own needs. So, for example, on the chart on the left, maybe I want to change the chart area color, the outer parameter.

Filling an area with a color gradient

You can fill columns, bars, pie slices, chart areas, plot areas, and many other nonlinear chart elements, in other words those elements that encompass boxes or spaces, with built-in and your own created color gradients. Once again, we're talking about the capability of going beyond what you might find in the Format tab in the Ribbon. So, despite all of the choices that we have here, we might want to change colors based on our own needs. So, for example, on the chart on the left, maybe I want to change the chart area color, the outer parameter.

So I'll simply right-click and go immediately to Format Chart Area. And we can use fill here, and perhaps a solid color, lots of choice. Yellow was the last one used by whoever was using this feature last, but we've got all these choices here and certainly others we can get too as well under More Colors. So certainly you can go down that path. Another choice might be Gradient fill. Again, the choice that comes up is one that was used recently. But you can go to preset colors.

Once again, things we didn't know we needed, but if this appeals to you, there it is, and on and on and on with these choices, rainbows of all different hues and shapes, and so on. Don't stop there necessarily. Once you have done those, you can control the direction of them, and I'm not making a strong case for saying this is a great choice here, but we all have our preferences. I would never actually make this choice, but it does show what's there, quite a few built in. You can do the same thing for the plot area. You can do the same thing for the legend. You can do the same kind of thing for the title as well: either Solid fill, which is a little more conservative perhaps, or Gradient fill, as well as pictures and texture fills, which was covered in another movie in this course.

So there are many, many choices here if you're trying to fill in the colors in any part of a chart that encompasses a box, or at least a potential box, as we've see in the example of titles, and legends, chart areas, plot areas, et cetera-- lots of choices here for formatting.

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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

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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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