Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching the course, part of Excel 2013: Working with Charts and Graphs.
- Before you watch this class, it's a good idea to have a basic familiarity with Excel. Now we're going to take a very targeted look at Excel today, focusing just on charts and graphs. So as long as you've launched the application and have a basic familiarity with using Microsoft products, you should be fine. If you're an advanced user, we will explore some little-known features, as well as some of the newer things that have come out through the years that really make working with charts and graphs easier. What I'm essentially trying to say is, whether you're a beginner or advanced, there's something here for everyone, but the less experience you have with Excel, the more you might want to consider checking out one of the Essential Training series available here on Lynda.com.
Now I'm not going to focus on things that are too version-specific. Rather, this is for all Excel users. There are a couple of features that are available in the current version or perhaps newer versions, as Microsoft continues to release them, but we will focus on core techniques that are useful to everyone. My goal is if you are a small- to medium-size business, or you need to prepare your own data for your department to share with others so it's clear and coherent, you'll get something out of this course. So, as long as you have access to a computer and you can fire up Excel on your own, sit back and watch or feel free to follow along and get your hands a little bit wet as well, and you'll see how to get more out of Microsoft Excel.
- Explain the steps to take to create a chart in Excel.
- Recall the options for customizing an existing chart within Excel.
- Determine which chart type fits best with a set of data.
- Summarize the process of creating a table.
- Identify strategies for clarifying a table.
- List the steps to take to add SmartArt to a project.