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Excel® 2013 In Depth by Bill Jelen

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32. Graphing Data Using Excel Charts

Scott Ruble is paying attention. Scott and his team are in charge of charting on the Microsoft Excel team. They have watched people try to create charts in Excel. With 93 different chart types and millions of possible variations, people were not getting the right chart. The charting focus for Excel 2013 is to significantly lower the bar for creating and customizing charts.

Starting in Excel 2013, the Recommended Charts feature analyzes your data and suggests charts that might look good. The rules behind the chart recommendations are surprisingly good. You will create good-looking charts in most cases by going with one of the recommendations. Excel never suggests a 3-D chart because they misrepresent the data. ...

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