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Specifying line style, color, and weight

From: Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

Video: Specifying line style, color, and weight

If you want to control the appearance of axes lines or gridlines, you can do this in a number of different ways. And in some sense, this illustrates the fact that I think a lot of us, myself included, become a little bewildered at times as what's the best way to do things, because they're so many different ways to approach this. In the chart on the left are some gridlines, and maybe we want to make some changes. Now a lot of you know that in creating gridlines many times where you would start would be to go to the Layout tab and choose Gridlines, possibly apply them this way. And along the way in that process you might come to More Primary Horizontal Gridline Options, makes some choices.

Specifying line style, color, and weight

If you want to control the appearance of axes lines or gridlines, you can do this in a number of different ways. And in some sense, this illustrates the fact that I think a lot of us, myself included, become a little bewildered at times as what's the best way to do things, because they're so many different ways to approach this. In the chart on the left are some gridlines, and maybe we want to make some changes. Now a lot of you know that in creating gridlines many times where you would start would be to go to the Layout tab and choose Gridlines, possibly apply them this way. And along the way in that process you might come to More Primary Horizontal Gridline Options, makes some choices.

We can control Line Color and Line Style, so there is certainly that approach. When you created the chart you could have gone to the Design tab, chosen Chart Layouts, and some of the options here have gridlines, some don't. You could've start the gridline process that way. How about format? We could go to Format, and if you have selected a gridline as I have here, we've got some Shape Styles related to gridlines. And if that weren't enough, if some how you said I need to change these, or do something to these gridlines in terms of their appearance, we could right-click on a gridline and go to Format Gridlines, leading us to a dialog box we just saw.

There are so many different ways to get into this process. So let's just take the example here where we have gridlines already, possibly. Click this one. We've got some shape styles, and of course you knew there are going to be more then seven. We've got 21 of them, and I would suggest the heavy ones don't look good at all. These overwhelm the data substantially. Even these are a bit much. So I would say use these sparingly, but again, for some situations maybe these are appropriate. You can certainly make those choices that way. If we were to right-click on these, we can go to Format Gridlines and make some choice here. Maybe the line style will look better if we a dash type here, and again these are similar to features you might have seen previously, coming at them from different angle perhaps. And after making those choices, maybe we'll say let's change the Vertical Axis on the left-hand side, make it more dramatic perhaps.

We've got Axis Options. How about Line Color? Solid line maybe, different color, make it red maybe. How about Thickness? Line Style, again features we might've seen previously. We've got complete control over all these, but the entry to these can come from a variety of different points, through the Design tab at the time you are creating these lines, through the Layout tab possibly to adjust gridlines, through the Format tab or simply by right-clicking. Lots of different ways to achieve line color style and weight changes.

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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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