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Understanding the Ribbon and the Design, Layout, and Format tabs

From: Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

Video: Understanding the Ribbon and the Design, Layout, and Format tabs

One of the problems that some people have in working with Excel charts is the tremendous wealth of possibilities for altering charts. There are so many options, and nobody really counts, but it's in the millions. And one of the ways that you will begin to understand charts a bit better, even before you created them, suppose you're looking at a worksheet like the one here called chart data. When you click on a chart the Ribbon menu system at the top of the screen, brand-new in Excel 2007, changes in a significant way.

Understanding the Ribbon and the Design, Layout, and Format tabs

One of the problems that some people have in working with Excel charts is the tremendous wealth of possibilities for altering charts. There are so many options, and nobody really counts, but it's in the millions. And one of the ways that you will begin to understand charts a bit better, even before you created them, suppose you're looking at a worksheet like the one here called chart data. When you click on a chart the Ribbon menu system at the top of the screen, brand-new in Excel 2007, changes in a significant way.

As I click this middle chart on the screen here, the one just to the right of the data, keep your eye on the Ribbon up above and what happens? We see--and the terminology here, by the way, will vary if you're looking this Excel book or that book. It does vary somewhat. A lot of books will say there is now a new Ribbon called Chart tools. I think it's little more accurate to say there are three new tabs on the existing Ribbon: Design, Layout, and Format. And in this course, we'll be using many, many different features from each of those tabs, and it can be a bit overwhelming at first. Think of it sort of in this way, though.

The most important choices related to charts that you'll see are on the Design tab, and as I click this, all the choices that we see here, particularly the one on the left for changing chart type, and as we'll see some of the others here, are very important in the way that you use charts. Once you click Layout, you'll begin to see, this is where a lot of the fine- tuning is going to be done when you need those features. And the Format tab, perhaps less important most of the times in Layout, has a lot more to do with the actual visuals, the colors.

And again, we're not going to go through every single option here. But every time you click on a chart, you will see the term Chart Tools above the Ribbon and then these three tabs: Design, Layout, and Format. And the very structure of this course focuses on these three tabs, in that order, too. And anytime you're creating charts, keep in mind, you will see these. If I click outside of a chart, back on the worksheet, watch the Ribbon change into its more typical look, where we have the Home, Insert Page, Layout tabs that we normally see.

Click on the chart, we see the other three. So by recognizing the major kinds of grouping that occur on the Design, Layout, and Format tabs, this is going to simplify and give some sense of order to the way that you handle charts.

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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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