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Changing a chart from one type to another

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You can change a chart's type at anytime. Just keep in mind that some chart types use row and column data from a table differently than others. To change the chart type in our Running Club Data spreadsheet, let's first select the chart. Notice down below on our sheet, we can see that various columns from different tables are being used to display our data. To change the chart type, we can use the Format bar. The first button in the left-hand corner displays the current chart type as Mixed. Click this button to see a list of all the other chart types we can select. Let's choose Column.

Changing a chart from one type to another

You can change a chart's type at anytime. Just keep in mind that some chart types use row and column data from a table differently than others. To change the chart type in our Running Club Data spreadsheet, let's first select the chart. Notice down below on our sheet, we can see that various columns from different tables are being used to display our data. To change the chart type, we can use the Format bar. The first button in the left-hand corner displays the current chart type as Mixed. Click this button to see a list of all the other chart types we can select. Let's choose Column.

When we choose Column, we see the same data displayed differently. Whenever we switch to a Bar column area or even Line chart, each series in the new chart corresponds to a row or column in our case, the three columns highlighted in our tables. Now let's try switching to a different type of chart, a Pie Chart. We can do this by a right clicking or Ctrl- clicking the selected chart. Now from the pop-up menu move to Chart Type, and let's choose Pie. Now whenever you switch to a Pie Chart the first data point in each series is represented as a wedge, and this isn't the best choice for our set of data.

So let's try one more, this time from the Chart Inspector. With our chart selected, click the Inspector button and make sure that the Chart Inspector is selected. You will see the chart type in the top-left corner. We can click this button to display the various chart types we can choose from. This time let's choose a 3D version of our column. When you switch to a 3D version of a chart, the Chart Inspector provides a number of controls for managing object Depth, Lighting Style and so on. Now when you change a charts type and the new type has some of the same attributes, those attributes don't change. Some of those shared attributes include the axis that we see down across the bottom of our chart, and up the right-hand side. Also some other shared attributes include the axis labels, any borders or rotation, shadows, and even 3D lighting that's been applied to our 3D Chart. Let's deselect the chart to see the end result.

So changing a chart's type is a simple undertaking but not all charts display data the same way. Select similar chart types when you want to maintain the same result.

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Numbers '09 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 7m 17s
    1. Launching Numbers and exploring templates
      2m 24s
    2. Exploring the user interface
      2m 45s
    3. Customizing the user interface
      2m 8s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. Creating and opening spreadsheets
      1m 12s
    2. Importing spreadsheets
      1m 48s
    3. Saving and exporting spreadsheets
      2m 39s
    4. Working with sheets
      3m 0s
    5. Laying out sheets
      3m 7s
    6. Headers, footers, and page numbering
      3m 50s
  4. 48m 42s
    1. Adding tables
      2m 43s
    2. Modifying tables
      2m 39s
    3. Working with content in table cells
      4m 55s
    4. Using controls
      5m 0s
    5. Working with rows and columns
      4m 59s
    6. Table headers and footers
      5m 24s
    7. Auto-filling table cells
      3m 50s
    8. Working with table cells
      3m 17s
    9. Using table categories
      4m 18s
    10. Reorganizing table data
      3m 7s
    11. Defining reusable tables
      3m 38s
    12. Copying tables
      2m 48s
    13. Using Address Book data
      2m 4s
  5. 14m 4s
    1. Using table styles
      2m 3s
    2. Overriding table styles
      1m 51s
    3. Redefining a table's style
      2m 31s
    4. Copying and pasting table styles
      2m 46s
    5. Creating, renaming, and deleting table styles
      3m 41s
    6. Using the default table style
      1m 12s
  6. 18m 24s
    1. Using formulas
      3m 47s
    2. Using the Formula bar and Formula Editor
      3m 52s
    3. Using cell references
      3m 25s
    4. Using functions
      4m 15s
    5. Using Formula List view
      3m 5s
  7. 32m 48s
    1. Adding a chart
      2m 42s
    2. Creating a mixed chart
      2m 33s
    3. Modifying chart data
      2m 23s
    4. Adding data to a chart from multiple tables
      2m 20s
    5. Changing a chart from one type to another
      2m 19s
    6. Formatting general chart attributes
      4m 56s
    7. Using trend lines and error bars
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a two-axis chart with different value scales
      2m 34s
    9. Formatting 3D charts
      5m 15s
    10. Linking charts to Pages and Keynote
      2m 25s
  8. 32m 56s
    1. Adding, removing, and selecting text
      3m 24s
    2. Formatting text
      4m 11s
    3. Formatting numbers
      6m 53s
    4. Conditional formatting
      3m 28s
    5. Using special characters
      3m 57s
    6. Using hyperlinks
      2m 33s
    7. Checking spelling
      4m 58s
    8. Find and Replace
      3m 32s
  9. 37m 25s
    1. Using text boxes
      5m 9s
    2. Copying text to a text box
      2m 26s
    3. Paragraph formatting
      3m 14s
    4. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 50s
    5. Working with shapes
      4m 29s
    6. Adding and adjusting images
      2m 46s
    7. Masking objects
      3m 50s
    8. Using Instant Alpha
      2m 0s
    9. Inserting media files
      3m 37s
    10. Aligning and layering objects
      6m 4s
  10. 11m 46s
    1. Printing a sheet
      4m 8s
    2. Password-protecting and emailing spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    3. Sharing spreadsheets with iWork.com
      4m 2s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Designing a template
      5m 26s
    2. Creating initial spreadsheet content
      2m 54s
    3. Creating media placeholders
      2m 33s
    4. Saving a custom template
      1m 44s
  12. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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