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Formatting charts


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Excel 2003 Essential Training

with Mark Swift

Video: Formatting charts

Almost every aspect of a chart can be edited after its creation. If you access 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.
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  1. 15s
    1. Welcome
      15s
  2. 22m 42s
    1. Spreadsheet uses
      1m 58s
    2. Toolbars and menus
      8m 52s
    3. Moving around
      8m 1s
    4. Getting help
      3m 51s
  3. 18m 42s
    1. Opening new workbooks
      5m 13s
    2. Entering data
      6m 11s
    3. Commenting and saving
      7m 18s
  4. 17m 27s
    1. Opening worksheets
      1m 54s
    2. Add and delete worksheets
      2m 22s
    3. Insert and delete cells
      3m 45s
    4. Worksheet data
      9m 26s
  5. 35m 54s
    1. Width and height
      6m 7s
    2. Numeric formats
      6m 0s
    3. Alignment of data
      3m 42s
    4. Naming cells and ranges
      5m 47s
    5. Naming constants
      1m 51s
    6. Creating lists
      5m 47s
    7. Autofilter
      4m 13s
    8. Designated lists
      2m 27s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Print options
      5m 50s
    2. Printing and hiding data
      1m 58s
    3. Headers and footers
      3m 29s
  7. 21m 50s
    1. Creating formulas
      6m 30s
    2. Relative and absolute
      6m 1s
    3. External references
      5m 59s
    4. Named constants
      3m 20s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Functions
      7m 46s
  9. 19m 1s
    1. Fonts and merging
      3m 51s
    2. Rotate and indent
      1m 47s
    3. Borders
      2m 40s
    4. Shading and format painter
      2m 29s
    5. Rename and color worksheet tabs
      1m 51s
    6. Working with pictures
      6m 23s
  10. 11m 29s
    1. Templates
      3m 45s
    2. Styles
      3m 54s
    3. Autoformat
      55s
    4. Smart documents
      2m 55s
  11. 13m 12s
    1. Chart terminology
      2m 23s
    2. Chart wizard
      5m 9s
    3. Formatting charts
      3m 22s
    4. Inserting images
      1m 41s
    5. Printing charts
      37s
  12. 4m 59s
    1. File search
      1m 50s
    2. Find and replace
      3m 9s
  13. 8m 16s
    1. Import from Word
      1m 16s
    2. Delimited data
      2m 53s
    3. Import from the web
      1m 48s
    4. Exporting data
      2m 19s
  14. 7m 52s
    1. Consolidation
      5m 11s
    2. 3D formulas
      2m 41s
  15. 5m 32s
    1. Multiple panes
      1m 12s
    2. More screen options
      4m 20s
  16. 13m 34s
    1. If
      2m 21s
    2. Time
      4m 16s
    3. Date and time
      2m 13s
    4. Lookup
      4m 44s
  17. 6m 54s
    1. Compare text
      3m 26s
    2. Concatenation
      1m 47s
    3. Special characters
      1m 41s
  18. 6m 9s
    1. Pivot tables
      6m 9s
  19. 15m 57s
    1. Recording a macro
      8m 42s
    2. Macro menus
      3m 44s
    3. Global macros
      3m 31s
  20. 10s
    1. Goodbye
      10s

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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.

Subject:
Business
Software:
Excel
Author:
Mark Swift

Formatting charts

Almost every aspect of a chart can be edited after its creation. If you access 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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