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Excel 2010 Power Shortcuts

Placing and adjusting charts


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Excel 2010 Power Shortcuts

with Dennis Taylor

Video: Placing and adjusting charts

If you create a chart in Excel and put it in the same worksheet as the data, sometimes you want certain kind of control over how the chart is placed. If you have worked with charts, you probably know that if you'd like to move a chart, you need to only click just inside the border and drag perhaps in one smooth action here, like that, move it around wherever you want. Sometimes you might have other charts with this, or you just want to move it a little bit. If you hold down the Ctrl key as you click on a chart, you've put it into a certain kind of mode, so that you can nudge the chart by simply pressing arrow keys.
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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      20s
  2. 22m 45s
    1. Entering data or formulas in non-adjacent cells simultaneously
      2m 28s
    2. Converting formulas to values with a simple drag
      2m 34s
    3. Copying data or formulas down a column instantly
      2m 56s
    4. Adjusting all or selected column widths or row heights in a flash
      2m 21s
    5. Instantly displaying all worksheet formulas
      3m 16s
    6. Two quick shortcuts for creating charts
      1m 18s
    7. Print Preview
      1m 7s
    8. Instant date or time entry
      1m 16s
    9. Undo/Redo/Repeat
      3m 19s
    10. Zooming in and out quickly
      2m 10s
  3. 7m 37s
    1. Expanding and collapsing the Ribbon and Full Screen view
      1m 23s
    2. Keyboard command access
      2m 22s
    3. Quick Access toolbar display tips
      3m 52s
  4. 14m 30s
    1. Split screens and frozen titles in a flash
      5m 56s
    2. Repeating title creation and suppression
      6m 17s
    3. Customizing your display of Status Bar totals
      2m 17s
  5. 11m 31s
    1. Navigation shortcuts
      2m 30s
    2. Tips for navigating between workbooks
      3m 48s
    3. Navigating within worksheets
      5m 13s
  6. 11m 12s
    1. Selecting an entire row, column, or worksheet
      3m 20s
    2. Selecting noncontiguous ranges and visible cells only
      4m 39s
    3. Selecting the current region and moving around region corners
      3m 13s
  7. 22m 16s
    1. Accelerating data entry
      6m 27s
    2. Auto-Fill techniques for entering dates
      4m 59s
    3. Auto-Fill techniques for entering times
      2m 37s
    4. Custom lists for rapid entry
      5m 54s
    5. Cell editing tips
      2m 19s
  8. 12m 38s
    1. Copy/Move acceleration tips
      3m 27s
    2. Worksheet Copy/Move shortcuts
      2m 29s
    3. Dragging and inserting variations
      3m 47s
    4. Instantly displaying Paste Special options
      2m 55s
  9. 29m 31s
    1. Rapid formula creation
      3m 48s
    2. Selecting all cells that depend on the active cell
      5m 24s
    3. Selecting all cells that can affect the active cell
      2m 38s
    4. AutoSum shortcuts
      2m 57s
    5. Rounding shortcuts
      5m 14s
    6. Generating random numbers
      3m 16s
    7. Counting unique entries
      3m 11s
    8. Performing calculations without formulas
      3m 3s
  10. 17m 4s
    1. Controlling rows and columns
      5m 50s
    2. Realigning imported text
      2m 27s
    3. Handling blank cells
      4m 20s
    4. Collapsing and expanding detail
      4m 27s
  11. 28m 8s
    1. Formatting numbers
      6m 49s
    2. Aligning data
      3m 49s
    3. Adding background color for readability
      3m 43s
    4. Formatting data conditionally
      1m 54s
    5. Creating custom formats
      6m 23s
    6. Formatting periods over 24 hours
      3m 2s
    7. Applying strikethroughs and borders
      2m 28s
  12. 25m 46s
    1. Sorting shortcuts
      2m 40s
    2. Cleaning up spaces
      4m 47s
    3. Identifying duplicates
      6m 10s
    4. Splitting columns
      3m 57s
    5. Ensuring unique entries
      2m 46s
    6. Forcing dates to be weekdays only
      3m 56s
    7. Displaying unique items from large lists
      1m 30s
  13. 18m 38s
    1. Placing and adjusting charts
      2m 37s
    2. Creating chart titles from cell content
      2m 22s
    3. Creating and manipulating shapes
      5m 31s
    4. Linking and unlinking pictures
      8m 8s
  14. 9s
    1. Goodbye
      9s

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Excel 2010 Power Shortcuts
3h 43m Intermediate Aug 12, 2010

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In Excel 2010 Power Shortcuts, Excel expert Dennis Taylor shares tips and shortcuts to vastly increase efficiency and get the full power out of Excel 2010. There are tips for working with the Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar, navigating workbooks and selecting cells, rapid data entry and editing, working with formulas, formatting data, working with charts, sorting data, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating charts with keyboard shortcuts
  • Converting formulas to values by dragging
  • Repeating Undo and Redo actions
  • Displaying formulas instantly
  • Navigating quickly through worksheets and across workbooks
  • Formatting numeric, and date/time data in a flash with keystroke shortcuts
  • Inserting dates or times instantly
  • Grouping rows or columns to create collapsible regions
  • Building data-entry shortcuts with Auto-fill
  • Displaying unique items from large lists
Subjects:
Business Productivity
Software:
Excel
Author:
Dennis Taylor

Placing and adjusting charts

If you create a chart in Excel and put it in the same worksheet as the data, sometimes you want certain kind of control over how the chart is placed. If you have worked with charts, you probably know that if you'd like to move a chart, you need to only click just inside the border and drag perhaps in one smooth action here, like that, move it around wherever you want. Sometimes you might have other charts with this, or you just want to move it a little bit. If you hold down the Ctrl key as you click on a chart, you've put it into a certain kind of mode, so that you can nudge the chart by simply pressing arrow keys.

So, I'm pressing the Up Arrow right now and you see how this is moving the chart just slightly upward. Or leftward, or downward. If you work with graphics a lot, either objects or images like this, that might be not too critical. Something else you might want to do though, something different really, is that when you click on a chart, you perhaps recognize that on each midpoint, on the four sides and on the corners, you see little dots. These are sometimes called handles. If you drag one of these corners, of course you can make the chart taller, wider, narrower, whatever.

But if you hold down the Alt key, something special happens. This serves as if to be a magnetic attraction so that the edges line up with cell boundaries. You don't always see this so clearly. So, right now I've got the Alt key held down. You see as I'm dragging here, I'm not jumping to the edges. This happens almost automatically. I'm going to let go of the mouse now. As I click outside, you see how perfect and even that is. So, if you have that sort of special need, if you want these edges to line up just perfectly with the cell boundaries, as you drag a corner or edge, hold down the Alt key, and then let go of the mouse first as you drag these. Just makes it look neater and tidier.

I didn't do on the bottom here. Actually, it works best if you do two opposite corners and then that takes care of two edges at a time. Let's try this again down here, holding down Alt. There we go. Let go of the mouse, and then click away from it to see the effect of it. If you've got some kind of a shadow effect on this, it might not be so obvious. You can quickly do this, and you can do this with most objects as well too. Reposition the chart to make it look the best. Keep in mind too that two of our top ten shortcuts for creating charts, one here, if we want a chart real quickly right here on the worksheet, it's just Alt+F1.

Invariably, that does need repositioning. So, use either of the two tips we've talked about. Either align this with edges, again holding down Alt, or possibly just nudging it by Ctrl+Clicking and using the arrow keys. So, different ways to control the placement of charts on a worksheet.

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