Charts

 

Create a Chart | Change Chart Type | Switch Row/Column | Chart Title | Legend Position | Data Labels

A simple chart in Excel can say more than a sheet full of numbers. As you'll see, creating charts is very easy.

Create a Chart

To create a line chart, execute the following steps.

1. Select the range A1:D7.

2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, choose Line, and select Line with Markers.

Create a Line Chart in Excel

Result:

Line Chart in Excel

Change Chart Type

You can easily change to a different type of chart at any time.

1. Select the chart.

2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, choose Column, and select Clustered Column.

Change Chart Type

Result:

Column Chart in Excel

Switch Row/Column

If you want the animals, displayed on the vertical axis, to be displayed on the horizontal axis instead, execute the following steps.

1. Select the chart. The Chart Tools contextual tab activates.

2. On the Design tab, click Switch Row/Column.

Switch Row/Column

Result:

Switched Column Chart

Chart Title

To add a chart title, execute the following steps.

1. Select the chart. The Chart Tools contextual tab activates.

2. On the Layout tab, click Chart Title, Above Chart.

Add Chart Title

3. Enter a title. For example, Population.

Result:

Chart Title

Legend Position

By default, the legend appears to the right of the chart. To move the legend to the bottom of the chart, execute the following steps.

1. Select the chart. The Chart Tools contextual tab activates.

2. On the Layout tab, click Legend, Show Legend at Bottom.

Change Legend Position

Result:

Legend at Bottom

Data Labels

You can use data labels to focus your readers' attention on a single data series or data point.

1. Select the chart. The Chart Tools contextual tab activates.

2. Click an orange bar to select the Jun data series. Click again on an orange bar to select a single data point.

3. On the Layout tab, click Data Labels, Outside End.

Add Data Label

Result:

Data Label

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