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I probably don't have to sell very many of you on how good charts are in Excel and how easy they are to create. There is one time-honored shortcut and one relatively new shortcut that you should know if you create charts. As always in creating charts, it's best to highlight the data that you want to show in a chart. Maybe in this situation here we want to show just for example the first six months of data for the Domestic, Europe and Asia sales. Highlight the data in question. If you like to have a chart on a brand-new sheet, simply press F11.
The shortcut has being around for a long time. You may want to work with a chart on its own sheet. Some people prefer that approach, and notice at the bottom of the screen this is on a sheet called Chart 1, create another, go to Chart 2, and so on. It's one sheet to the left of where the data resides. At other times and perhaps increasingly so, you would like to have a chart right on the worksheet. So the data is highlighted, and as of 2007 a new shortcut Alt+F1, and we get a chart right on the worksheet. It's fast.
It's easy. Of course, you probably want to do some fine-tuning, but many times this gets the ball rolling and you may not have a whole lot more to do to clarify and make this chart truly presentable for presentation or for printing.
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