Chapter 9. Presenting
Inserting a Data Chart
The first step in creating a chart is to decide how you want to insert the chart object. Several PowerPoint layouts use the content placeholder, which includes an icon for creating a chart. For example, to create a slide that contains a title and a chart, follow these steps:
Figure 9.3. Charts are objects on a PowerPoint slide.
If you want to insert a chart as an object in a PowerPoint slide, without using a predefined layout, simply click the Insert Chart button on the toolbar. PowerPoint opens a chart editing screen and also displays its datasheet.
An Overview of the Microsoft Graph Program
You need to become familiar with the Microsoft Graph program so you'll know where to find things and what to do with them. To begin our exploration of Graph, we'll discard the cumbersome moniker
Microsoft Graph program
and refer to this program simply as
the chart program
the chart editor
. After all, that's what the Graph program is for—creating and editing
When you have the chart editor open, besides seeing the datasheet and chart editor, you'll likely notice that the
Take a few moments to click the C hart menu items to see what's there and to hover the mouse over the toolbar buttons to see what they are for. We'll explore several of the features and tools you see here throughout this chapter. (If you're working on a chart slide and you don't see the menu items you expect to see, look at the menu and toolbars to see whether you're in the chart editor or in the PowerPoint slide editor.)