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Graphics Charts Page Properties and Printing

Charts allow you to present data entered into the worksheet in a visual format using a variety of graph types. Before you can make a chart you must first enter data into a worksheet. This page explains how you can create simple charts from the data.

[chart wizard]  Chart Wizard

The Chart Wizard brings you through the process of creating a chart by displaying a series of dialog boxes.

  1. Enter the data into the worksheet and highlight all the cells that will be included in the chart including headers.
    [Chart Wizard example]
  2. Click the Chart Wizard button on the standard toolbar to view the first Chart Wizard dialog box.
  3. Chart Type - Choose the Chart type and the Chart subtype if necessary. Click Next.
    [Chart Wizard dialog box]
  4. Chart Source Data - Select the data range (if different from the area highlighted in step 1) and click Next.
    [Chart Wizard dialog box]
  5. Chart Options - Enter the name of the chart and titles for the X- and Y-axes. Other options for the axes, grid lines, legend, data labels, and data table can be changed by clicking on the tabs. Press Next to move to the next set of options.
    [Chart Wizard dialog box]
  6. Chart Location - Click As new sheet if the chart should be placed on a new, blank worksheet or select As object in if the chart should be embedded in an existing sheet and select the worksheet from the drop-down menu.
    [Chart Wizard dialog box]
  7. Click Finish to create the chart.

    [Chart Wizard example]

Resizing the Chart

To resize the chart, click on its border and drag any of the nine black handles to change the size. Handles on the corners will resize the chart proportionally while handles along the lines will stretch the chart.

Moving the Chart

Select the border of the chart, hold down the left mouse button, and drag the chart to a new location. Elements within the chart such as the title and labels may also be moved within the chart. Click on the element to activate it, and use the mouse to drag the element to move it.

Chart Formatting Toolbar
[chart toolbar]

Chart Objects List - To select an object on the chart to format, click the object on the chart or select the object from the Chart Objects List and click the Format button. A window containing the properties of that object will then appear to make formatting changes.

Chart Type

Click the arrowhead on the chart type button to select a different type of chart.

Legend Toggle

Show or hide the chart legend by clicking this toggle button.

Data Table Biew

Display the data table instead of the chart by clicking the Data Table toggle button.

Display Data by Column or Row

Charts the data by columns or rows according to the data sheet.

Angle Text

Select the category or value axis and click the Angle Downward or Angle Upward button to angle the selected by +/- 45 degrees.

[Angle text example]

Copying the Chart to Microsoft Word

A finished chart can be copied into a Microsoft Word document. Select the chart and click Copy. Open the destination document in Word and click Paste.

Graphics Charts Page Properties and Printing