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Excel Charts

Charts are visual representations of data used to make it more understandable.

Commonly used charts are:

  • Pie chart
  • Column chart
  • Line chart

Different charts are used for different types of data.

Note: Charts are also called graphs and visualizations.

The chart above is a column chart representing the number of Pokemons in each generation.

Note: In some cases the data has to be processed before plotted into a chart.

Charts can easily be created in a few steps in Excel.


Creating a Chart in Excel

Creating a chart, step by step:

  1. Select the range A1:A8

Copy Values
  1. Click on the Insert menu, then click on the Line menu () and choose Line () from the drop-down menu

Note: This menu is accessed by expanding the ribbon.

You should now get this chart:

Excellent! You have now created your first chart.

Note: The cells 9 and 10 were not selected in the range, and therefore not included in the graph.



Creating Another Chart in Excel

Lets compare the stats for the Pokemons; Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur using a column chart.

  1. Select the range A1:G4
Copy Values
  1. Click on the insert menu, then click on the column menu () and choose Clustered Column () from the drop-down menu

Note: This menu is accessed by expanding the ribbon.

You should now get this chart:

The chart gives a visual overview for the Pokemons stats.

Charmander, represented by the orange bars, and has the highest speed. Squirtle, represented by the gray bars, has the highest defense.

Note: The default chart title is "Chart Title". It can be changed. You will learn about chart customization in a later chapter.