Excel Graphics and Charts
Summary: Excel allows you to add all sorts of graphics to your worksheets or to convert your data into meaningful charts. Here's the definitive guide to adding the persuasive power of charts and graphics to your worksheets.
Many people, especially when they are new to Excel, create worksheets that contain only numbers, text, and formulas. Excel worksheets can contain much more than these elemental items. You can add all sorts of graphics to your worksheets or you can create amazing charts from your data. These items—graphics and charts—can liven up your data and provide some exciting ways to make your information mean even more.
Excel provides a variety of tools that you can use to insert graphics, modify those graphics, make them look exactly the way you want, and then print them out. Closely related to working with graphics, Excel gives you the ability to create dozens of types of charts, adjust their appearance in excruciating detail, and print those masterpieces.
There are many advantages to the graphics and charting power provided, chief of which is that you can use Excel's tools to create just about anything you can imagine. While nobody would claim that Excel is an adequate substitute for a dedicated graphics problem, its tools can meet most day-to-day graphics needs—especially when it comes to presenting or augmenting your data. In short, Excel's graphics and charting power can help you present your data in a more understandable, accessible manner.
Along with the advantages there is one major disadvantage—the capabilities of Excel's tools can be a bit confusing. While you might be able to imagine what you want to do with either graphics or charting, figuring out how to use the tools to implement what you've imagined can be daunting.
That's where Excel Graphics and Charts can benefit you. Here you'll find plenty of information about both graphics and charts, but it is not the dry, lifeless information you'll often find in computer books. Instead you'll find lots of implementation help and hands-on examples, along with the necessary background information. No book in this series is under 170 pages in length, so you get a ton of information for a low, low price!
There are three versions of Excel Graphics and Charts available, depending on which version of Excel you are using. You can choose the version that is right for you:
- Excel 2013 Graphics and Chart: For users of Excel 2013, this second edition focuses on how to work with graphics and charts in the latest version of Excel. (Yes, there are changes in how you use the graphical elements of Excel in this version.) At a whopping 178 pages, it has the most information of any book in this series.
- Excel 2010 Graphics and Chart: For users of Excel 2010, this third edition focuses on how to work with graphics and charts in this popular version of Excel.
- Excel 2007 Graphics and Chart: For users of Excel 2007, this fourth edition is updated and improved, providing information not available before. It focuses on the ribbon-based interface and includes information on how to use both graphics and charts in that interface.
Regardless of which version you get, you'll discover how easy it is to add graphics to your worksheets, create charts, work with the tools that affect them both, and overall enhance the data you use in Excel. Just take a look at the table of contents for each version:
- Excel 2013 Graphics and Charts, Second Edition
- Excel 2010 Graphics and Charts, Third Edition
- Excel 2007 Graphics and Charts, Fourth Edition
Can't decide which version to get? Perhaps you use multiple versions of Excel or you are responsible for users who have different versions. If this describes you, then you really could benefit by having copies of Excel Graphics and Charts for each of the Excel versions you work with. You're in luck! If you purchase two versions of the e-book, we'll give you a third version for free! (See the ordering information, below, for information on our Ribbon Pack.)
Excel Graphics and Charts contains a ton of information, with individual versions ranging in size from 170 to 178 pages. We've tried to make sure that it contains anything and everything that you'll find useful as you work with the graphics and charting capabilities of Excel. The book zeroes in on what you need to know and provides great ideas on how you can enhance your worksheets with both graphics and charts.
Each version of Excel Graphics and Charts is provided in two formats: a Microsoft Word document and an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document. You don't have to decide which you want, however; both versions are included with any download or any CD-ROM. In these formats you enjoy the following features:
- The ability to view, search, and print the book.
- Screen shots that illustrate what you see in Excel as you follow the step-by-step instructions.
- The ability to select and copy sections of text, such as macro code.
- Hyperlinks to internal content (in the book itself) and referenced resources on the Web.
Since the electronic book is provided in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, you need to either have Acrobat or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Many computer systems already have the reader installed. If you do not, you can get it free, directly from Adobe.
Excel Graphics and Charts provides a valuable resource for focused information that can't be matched by any other single source or computer book.
You can also order Excel Graphics and Charts by calling our order line: 307-200-0450.