When it comes to visual presentation, Excel has a lot more up its sleeve than charts. As you may know, you can insert a wide variety of graphics into your worksheet to add pizzazz to an otherwise boring report.
This chapter describes the non-chart-related graphic tools available in Excel. These tools consist of Shapes, SmartArt, WordArt, and imported or pasted images. In addition to enhancing your worksheets, you’ll find that working with these objects can be a nice diversion. When you need a break from crunching numbers, you might enjoy creating an artistic masterpiece using Excel’s graphic tools.
Microsoft Office, including Excel, provides access to a variety of customizable graphic images known as Shapes. You can add a Shape to a worksheet’s draw layer by selecting a Shape using the Insert Illustrations Shapes gallery, shown in Figure 22.1. The Shapes are organized into categories, and the category at the top displays the Shapes that you’ve used recently.
Figure 22.1. The ...