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Creating Charts and Graphics in Microsoft Excel 2013

Key points

  • You can use charts to summarize large sets of data in an easy-to-follow visual format.

  • You’re not stuck with the chart you create; if you want to change it, you can.

  • If you format many of your charts the same way, creating a chart template can save you a lot of work in the future.

  • Adding chart labels and a legend makes your chart much easier to follow.

  • When you format your data properly, you can create dual-axis charts, which are compact and easy to read.

  • If your chart data represents a series of events over time (such as monthly or yearly sales), you can use trendline analysis to extrapolate future events based on the past data.

  • With sparklines, you can summarize your data in a compact space, providing valuable context for values in your worksheets.

  • With Excel, you can quickly create and modify common business and organizational diagrams, such as organization charts and process diagrams.

  • You can create and modify shapes to enhance your workbook’s visual impact.

  • The improved equation editing capabilities help Excel 2013 users communicate their thinking to their colleagues.