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Formatting charts

From: Excel 2003 Essential Training

Video: Formatting charts

the Chart menu, which is visible when the chart is selected, the chart type, source data, and many other chart options can be affected. Let's select a new chart type. This takes you back to that dialog box that allows you to select the kind of chart we're representing. Let's scroll down and look at a cylindrical chart. It's very similar to the bar chart we just had; it's just a little flashier in 3-D. Let's go ahead and select that type. We can also reposition our chart within our page. I can resize it, move it, and enlarge it.

Formatting charts

the Chart menu, which is visible when the chart is selected, the chart type, source data, and many other chart options can be affected. Let's select a new chart type. This takes you back to that dialog box that allows you to select the kind of chart we're representing. Let's scroll down and look at a cylindrical chart. It's very similar to the bar chart we just had; it's just a little flashier in 3-D. Let's go ahead and select that type. We can also reposition our chart within our page. I can resize it, move it, and enlarge it.

We can position and size it anywhere in our sheet to give it the best presentation possible. To edit individual elements within the chart. Simply select the element, usually double- clicking. By double-clicking on the title I've gotten into the Format Chart Title dialog box which allows you to control the coloring, the font, and alignment of your chart title. In this case, I'm going to select the title and correct a spelling error. And I'll click away to finish editing and now we have a brand -new corrected title. I can edit the legend by simply clicking on the legend. This allows me to move it, resize it, and I can work with each individual series title within the legend by simply selecting that. Now I can control the font, the font size, and many other aspects for that legend. If I want to affect a data series, I simply need to select one bar of the data series. You'll notice that by selecting one of the bars for the fourth quarter, all of the data series for the fourth quarter were selected. Now I can go in and change their color. With a double-click I get into the Format Data Series dialog box and I have a ton of different options that I can apply to that single data series. Let's go ahead and change the color. Because we're working with a three-dimensional chart, we can also alter the three-dimensional view. You do that in one of two ways. First we can go up to the Chart menu and select 3-D View. That brings up a dialog box that allows us to incrementally move the view that we have currently keep double-clicking any of the controls, and they began an animated move. I can rotate, and I can adjust the levels of my view in a very precise way using these dialog boxes.

Let's say OK to this. You can see it moved my view, just a little bit. If I select the Plot Area behind my bars, I get these corner handles and when I grab one of them I can rotate the chart freely, and when I release you can see I have a brand-new perspective on this chart.

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Excel 2003 Essential Training

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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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