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About this lesson
Understand and work with the tricky parts of charts such as axes and legends.
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Advanced Chart Options
Working with advanced chart features.
When to use
To customize and populate a chart that is already inserted on a slide.
- Chart elements can be added to a chart from:
- The pop-out icon beside a chart when the chart is selected.
- The Design tab, and then click the Add Chart Element drop-down arrow.
- The chart elements pop-out icon includes a fly-out arrow to select sub-categories of that element, or further options.
- Right-click any Chart element or double/triple clicking it will bring up the Task Pane to customize that particular option.
- The context of the Task Pane changes depending on which chart element is selected.
- General groups of options include Fill and Line, and Effects.
Good practice when working with charts
- A chart should have a relevant title.
- Each axis title should explain the category of data presented and the numerical range of the data.
- The legend should identify and explain the series data.
- A large (excessive) number of major gridlines is not necessary.
- If you have two charts on a slide with similar data types, the scales of the Y axes should be the same to allow meaningful comparisons.
The Format task pane contains a drop-down arrow item that allows you to select a chart element quickly such as chart area, chart title, etc. These can also be selected with the pointer on the chart and the Task pane will change to that option.
The Task Pane can be dragged to another monitor (if connected to your computer) and remain open while you work on charts.
Other fly-out icons include a Chart Styles icon and a Chart Filters icon.
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