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Excel 2003 Essential Training

with Mark Swift

Video: Chart terminology

Excel is create charts. Before we begin creating charts, we should take a look at the chart terminology and understand the components of a chart. If you'll browse to your Student Files, you'll find in section 10 Charts, a spreadsheet called Quarterly_Sales; yet another version. There we go. Now there's a quick and easy way to make a chart from any spreadsheet. Select the applicable data, in this case I only want the titles and the values within my chart and press the F 11 key, and voila, we have a chart. Now that was fast and easy. Let's go over the terminology in this chart. The first thing you need to know is the Category Axis. The Category Axis describes the main categories that we're comparing within this chart. Next we have the Value Axis. The Value Axis can have labels or various scales that describe how we're comparing this chart.
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  1. 16s
    1. Welcome
      16s
  2. 22m 44s
    1. Spreadsheet uses
      1m 59s
    2. Toolbars and menus
      8m 53s
    3. Moving around
      8m 1s
    4. Getting help
      3m 51s
  3. 18m 43s
    1. Opening new workbooks
      5m 13s
    2. Entering data
      6m 12s
    3. Commenting and saving
      7m 18s
  4. 17m 31s
    1. Opening worksheets
      1m 55s
    2. Add and delete worksheets
      2m 23s
    3. Insert and delete cells
      3m 46s
    4. Worksheet data
      9m 27s
  5. 36m 0s
    1. Width and height
      6m 7s
    2. Numeric formats
      6m 1s
    3. Alignment of data
      3m 43s
    4. Naming cells and ranges
      5m 48s
    5. Naming constants
      1m 52s
    6. Creating lists
      5m 48s
    7. Autofilter
      4m 13s
    8. Designated lists
      2m 28s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Print options
      5m 51s
    2. Printing and hiding data
      1m 58s
    3. Headers and footers
      3m 30s
  7. 21m 52s
    1. Creating formulas
      6m 30s
    2. Relative and absolute
      6m 1s
    3. External references
      6m 0s
    4. Named constants
      3m 21s
  8. 7m 47s
    1. Functions
      7m 47s
  9. 19m 6s
    1. Fonts and merging
      3m 52s
    2. Rotate and indent
      1m 47s
    3. Borders
      2m 41s
    4. Shading and format painter
      2m 30s
    5. Rename and color worksheet tabs
      1m 52s
    6. Working with pictures
      6m 24s
  10. 11m 31s
    1. Templates
      3m 45s
    2. Styles
      3m 55s
    3. Autoformat
      55s
    4. Smart documents
      2m 56s
  11. 13m 15s
    1. Chart terminology
      2m 23s
    2. Chart wizard
      5m 10s
    3. Formatting charts
      3m 22s
    4. Inserting images
      1m 42s
    5. Printing charts
      38s
  12. 5m 1s
    1. File search
      1m 51s
    2. Find and replace
      3m 10s
  13. 8m 19s
    1. Import from Word
      1m 17s
    2. Delimited data
      2m 53s
    3. Import from the web
      1m 49s
    4. Exporting data
      2m 20s
  14. 7m 54s
    1. Consolidation
      5m 12s
    2. 3D formulas
      2m 42s
  15. 5m 33s
    1. Multiple panes
      1m 12s
    2. More screen options
      4m 21s
  16. 13m 37s
    1. If
      2m 22s
    2. Time
      4m 16s
    3. Date and time
      2m 14s
    4. Lookup
      4m 45s
  17. 6m 55s
    1. Compare text
      3m 27s
    2. Concatenation
      1m 47s
    3. Special characters
      1m 41s
  18. 6m 10s
    1. Pivot tables
      6m 10s
  19. 16m 0s
    1. Recording a macro
      8m 43s
    2. Macro menus
      3m 45s
    3. Global macros
      3m 32s
  20. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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Excel 2003 Essential Training
4h 9m Beginner Mar 18, 2004

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Excel 2003 Essential Training with Mark Swift is a movie-based workshop for users who are new to working with spreadsheets, or those wanting to improve their skills. This workshop begins with a basic overview of the application and quickly advances to cover useful formulas, functions, techniques for enhancing spreadsheets, charts, and much more. Exercise files accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.

Subjects:
Business Spreadsheets
Software:
Excel
Author:
Mark Swift

Chart terminology

Excel is create charts. Before we begin creating charts, we should take a look at the chart terminology and understand the components of a chart. If you'll browse to your Student Files, you'll find in section 10 Charts, a spreadsheet called Quarterly_Sales; yet another version. There we go. Now there's a quick and easy way to make a chart from any spreadsheet. Select the applicable data, in this case I only want the titles and the values within my chart and press the F 11 key, and voila, we have a chart. Now that was fast and easy. Let's go over the terminology in this chart. The first thing you need to know is the Category Axis. The Category Axis describes the main categories that we're comparing within this chart. Next we have the Value Axis. The Value Axis can have labels or various scales that describe how we're comparing this chart.

Here we have the scale values, so you know exactly what the differences are, what's being measured. In this case it's dollars and the units are incremented by 10,000. Over here we have our legend. This describes the color scheme for the bar chart that we're looking at and you can follow exactly which color bar describes which division. A chart may also have a title; this one doesn't. We can add that later. Gridlines. Gridlines can be horizontal and vertical. By default, this one came up as horizontal only. The Chart Area. The Chart Area is this entire window that appears on this chart tab. And you should also note that the Chart tab has been added to our workbook and is sitting on top of the various sheets that we have in this workbook. And the Plot Area, which is represented by this gray box. Everything you see inside the Plot Area is your actual chart. Those are the basic components of any chart regardless of the style, and be aware there are many, many different styles of charts that you can use. Based on the data that you're trying to present, different charts may be applicable.

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