Customizing the Appearance of Charts


If you want to change a chart's appearance, select the chart and then, on the Design tab, click a style in the Chart Styles gallery. The gallery contains far more chart styles than are shown in the Ribbonto select a new look for your chart, click the More button at the gallery's lower-right corner and then click the design you want.

Important

The styles in the Chart Styles gallery are tied to your workbook's theme. If you change your workbook's theme, Excel 2007 changes your chart's appearance to reflect the new theme's colors.


When you create a chart by using the tools in the Insert tab's Charts group, Excel 2007 creates an attractive chart that focuses on the data. In most cases, the chart has a title, legend (list of data series displayed in the chart), horizontal lines in the body of the chart to make it easier to discern individual values, and axis labels. If you want to create a chart that has more or different elements, such as by adding data labels to each data point plotted on your chart, you can do so by selecting the chart and then, on the Design tab, in the Chart Layouts group, clicking the layout you want.

If you don't find the exact chart layout you like, you can use the tools on the Layout contextual tab to control each element's appearance and placement.

In the Axes group, clicking Gridlines enables you to determine whether the chart displays horizontal and vertical gridlines and, if it does, at what value intervals they should appear.

In addition to changing your chart's layout, you can control the appearance of each element within the chart. To select a chart element to format, click that element. For example, if you want to change the formatting of the data series named Volume in the column chart shown in the previous graphic, clicking any column in the series selects the entire series. Any formatting changes you make now apply to every point in the entire series. If you want to change a single data point, select the entire series and then click the chart element (for example, a column) that represents the data point you want to change. For example, you can highlight the column representing the year 2005 in the chart shown in the previous graphic.

You can display a list of the selectable chart elements by selecting the chart and then, on the Format tab, in the Current Selection group, clicking the Chart Elements control down arrow. Just click the desired chart element to select it.

After you select the chart element, you can drag one of the elements' handles to resize the chart or drag the element to another location within the chart. To change the chart element's format, use the tools and Dialog Box Launchers in the Shape Styles, Word Art Styles, Arrange, and Size groups to change the element's appearance. You can also select the chart element and then, on the Format tab, in the Current Selection group, click Format Selection to display a Format dialog box that enables you to change the chart element's fill, line, line style, shadow, 3-D format, and alignment.

If you think you want to apply the same set of changes to charts you'll create in the future, you can save your chart as a chart template. When you select the data you want to summarize visually and apply the chart template, you'll create consistently formatted charts in a minimum of steps. To save a chart as a chart template, select the chart you want to use as a template and then, on the Design tab, in the Type group, click Save Template. Use the controls in the dialog box that appears to name and save your template. Then, to create a chart based on that template, select the data you want to summarize and then, on the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click any chart type, and then click All Chart Types to display the Create Charts dialog box. Under Choose a Chart Type, click Templates, and then click the template you want to use.

Tip

You can apply a template to an existing chart by selecting the chart and then, on the Design tab, in the Type group, clicking Change Chart Type to display the Change Chart Type dialog box. Click Templates and then click the template you want to use.


In this exercise, you'll change a chart's layout, apply a new Chart Style, reposition the chart's legend, change the number format of the values on the vertical axis, and save the chart as a chart template.

USE the Volume by Center workbook in the practice file folder for this topic. This practice file is located in the My Documents\Microsoft Press\Excel SBS\Charting folder.

OPEN the Volume by Center workbook.


1.

On the Presentation worksheet, select the chart.

2.

On the Design tab, in the Chart Layouts group, click the first chart layout (its screen tip says the layout name is Layout 1).

Excel 2007 changes the chart's layout.

3.

On the Design contextual tab, in the Chart Styles group, click the More button. The Chart Styles gallery expands.

4.

Click Style 7 (it's the next-to-last style on the top row of the gallery).

Excel 2007 changes the chart's style.

5.

Right-click the values on the vertical axis and then click Format Axis.

The Format Axis dialog box appears.

6.

In the left pane, click Number.

The Format Axis dialog box displays the Number tab.

7.

In the Category list, click Number.

The Format Axis dialog box displays the Number style's controls.

8.

In the Decimal places field, type 0.

9.

Select the Use 1000 Separator (,) check box.

10.

Click Close.

Excel 2007 changes the format of the values on the vertical axis.

11.

On the Design contextual tab, in the Type group, click Save As Template.

The Save Chart Template dialog box appears.

12.

In the File name field, type Cool Blue.

13.

Click Save.

Excel 2007 saves your template.

14.

On the tab bar, click the Yearly Summary sheet tab.

The Yearly Summary worksheet appears.

15.

Select the chart and then, on the Design tab, in the Type group, click Change Chart Type.

The Change Chart Type dialog box appears.

16.

Click Templates.

The My Templates list appears.

17.

Click the Cool Blue custom template and then click OK.

Excel 2007 applies the template to your chart.

CLOSE the Volume by Center workbook.





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MicrosoftВ® Office ExcelВ® 2007 Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft))
ISBN: 073562304X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 143
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