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Understanding chart terminology

From: Excel 2013: Charts in Depth

Video: Understanding chart terminology

When you're creating charts and changing chart types, certain terms are likely to appear frequently. Some charts are clustered, some are stacked, some are 100% stacked. Let's take a look at one of the charts, for example, on this worksheet chart data. If we click the chart below this. This might be the ideal chart. Maybe you're not sure. You might want to change the chart type. On the Ribbon you'll see the term Design, off to the right, Change Chart Type. Recognize the term Clustered Column.

Understanding chart terminology

When you're creating charts and changing chart types, certain terms are likely to appear frequently. Some charts are clustered, some are stacked, some are 100% stacked. Let's take a look at one of the charts, for example, on this worksheet chart data. If we click the chart below this. This might be the ideal chart. Maybe you're not sure. You might want to change the chart type. On the Ribbon you'll see the term Design, off to the right, Change Chart Type. Recognize the term Clustered Column.

That's the kind of chart we're seeing right now. Perhaps the most common chart type, it's likely to be the default chart type as you work with Excel, too. Notice another choice to the right of it is called Stacked Column, and we'll talk later about the advantages and disadvantages of that. And then another choice called 100% Stacked Column. Now we see those terms with columns, if we decide to use a bar chart we'll see those same terms. A clustered bar, a stacked bar, a hundred percent.

On a line chart, we don't see that term clustered but we will see a stacked line. And also, 100 percent stacked line. And with area charts, we'll see these as well. And so at different times when you work with different chart types. You will see these terms. That's a standard area chart. It doesn't really have a word in front of it, just like line. Here's a Stacked Area chart and 100% Stacked Area as well. And even with combo charts we'll see these terms, but in a different way. There's a Clustered Column in line. And here is a Clustered Column Line Secondary Access. Here's on Stacked Area Clustered Column.

So those terms clustered and stacked at 100%, we will see at different times. Of those three, perhaps the one most of you will not be using very often, is the called 100% Stacked Column, but it does have it's specialized uses. And so as we start to work with different chart types, again, recognize these terms, 100% stacked, stacked, and perhaps most common, clustered. And here we're seeing them with columns.

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Excel 2013: Charts in Depth

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      27s
  2. 13m 41s
    1. Identifying chart elements
      3m 47s
    2. Selecting the right chart type
      4m 24s
    3. Understanding chart terminology
      2m 6s
    4. Understanding the Chart Tools Ribbon
      3m 24s
  3. 17m 6s
    1. Selecting data to display as a chart
      4m 10s
    2. Creating charts with the keyboard and the Quick Analysis tool
      2m 34s
    3. Creating charts with the Recommended Charts feature
      3m 1s
    4. Creating charts with standard menu commands
      1m 38s
    5. Creating graphic-in-cell charts with sparklines
      5m 43s
  4. 32m 14s
    1. Adding a chart element
      2m 37s
    2. Choosing a chart layout with the Quick Layout option
      3m 1s
    3. Selecting chart colors from the Colorful and Monochromatic palettes
      2m 47s
    4. Choosing a chart style from a gallery of colorful variations
      2m 9s
    5. Switching rows and columns for a different view of the data
      2m 50s
    6. Changing the location of a chart's source data
      2m 36s
    7. Dealing with empty and hidden cells
      5m 23s
    8. Changing a chart's type
      2m 25s
    9. Changing the default chart type and creating a template
      3m 7s
    10. Changing the location of a chart
      2m 6s
    11. Moving and resizing a chart within a worksheet
      3m 13s
  5. 42m 54s
    1. Modifying axes
      9m 19s
    2. Adding, editing, and removing chart titles
      5m 15s
    3. Linking titles to content
      2m 17s
    4. Adding and editing data labels
      4m 56s
    5. Adding a data table
      2m 27s
    6. Adding error bars
      2m 33s
    7. Working with gridlines
      4m 37s
    8. Adding, editing, and removing legends
      3m 17s
    9. Adding drop lines and up-down bars
      4m 14s
    10. Analyzing existing and future data with trendlines
      3m 59s
  6. 21m 17s
    1. Using pictures as chart elements
      3m 29s
    2. Adding shapes and arrows
      2m 35s
    3. Adding floating text and text boxes
      3m 8s
    4. Selecting shape styles, fill, and the outline
      3m 8s
    5. Adding shape effects
      1m 57s
    6. Applying WordArt styles
      2m 34s
    7. Working with chart text
      1m 48s
    8. Changing the rotation of chart text
      2m 38s
  7. 41m 41s
    1. Using column and bar charts
      8m 23s
    2. Using line charts
      5m 54s
    3. Using pie charts
      7m 22s
    4. Using area, stock, and XY charts
      9m 46s
    5. Using doughnut, bubble, and radar charts
      10m 16s
  8. 16m 58s
    1. Pasting new data into a chart
      2m 44s
    2. Creating charts from multiple data sources
      3m 12s
    3. Adding new data using a table
      5m 31s
    4. Creating dynamic charts that always show the last "N" periods of data
      5m 31s
  9. 29m 49s
    1. Creating combination charts
      3m 22s
    2. Creating Gantt charts
      6m 34s
    3. Creating Pareto charts
      3m 19s
    4. Creating frequency charts
      3m 44s
    5. Using Form controls to create dynamic charts
      8m 35s
    6. Producing dynamic charts by using filters
      4m 15s
  10. 8m 50s
    1. Printing charts
      5m 29s
    2. Copying and linking charts with Word and PowerPoint
      3m 21s
  11. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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