I’ve heard this question go around a lot and I always think of it as one of those “I know what you’re trying to do, but I don’t have any idea how to.” That said, I think it’s important to know some of the best ways to add chart elements into excel.
I think the two most important things to know about excel charts are how to add them and how to use them. The first is a simple question: what type of chart do you want to use. For instance, if you want to create a pie-chart, you can use a pie-chart, a bar-chart, or a line-graph.
The difference between a pie-chart and a bar-chart is that the former shows the size of the slice in the pie and the latter shows the size of the slice on each side of the center line. A bar graph only shows the amount of the data on each side (and the size of the slice on the chart) so you can’t have any information show on just one side of the graph.
You can use a bar-graph or a line graph to create a pie-chart, but there are some important differences between the two. Bar-graphs are useful when you want to plot a pie-chart on a single axis (such as the sales or revenue of a company) or when you want to plot a line graph in a multi-axis chart. When using a bar graph, you can set the label of a graph to show the color of the bars.
Line graphs can be plotted on more than one axis. For example, a line graph might show sales and revenue on the same axis. Or a line graph might show sales and inventory and sales and inventory on the same axis. If you go with the line graph option, you can set the colors of the lines to be different lengths, widths, and colors.
The chart colors are specified by the color scheme you choose in the colors section. The color scheme is set in the options panel. If you want to change the color scheme, you can change the colors in the color scheme section.
In the options panel, one of the options available is the colors of the axes. By default, each axis is set to be a different color, and if you set the color scheme to red, it will match the color scheme. When setting colors, you can choose between red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and magenta.
In Excel, you can choose a color scheme for your charts. You can also choose a color scheme for the table and chart. However, one of the best features of Excel charts is that when you add a column, the chart automatically colors the column based on the color scheme you chose in the options panel. The colors you choose in the options panel will not be used by Excel’s chart, which is why you need to add a column first.
In this chapter, we covered both the color and the type of chart we need to work with, and how many colors do we need to include in each chart. In the next chapter, we’ll take a look at how to make charts that look like the chart below.
You can also add a series to a chart. For example, if you want to add a series of bars to a bar chart, then you would add a series on the chart itself. If you want to add text to a bar or column, you would add a text series.