Chapter 8. Building Tables and Charts

Numbers often spell out an idea even better than words can. When you’re writing an annual report, for example, or charting Megaville’s monthly ebb and flow of hero-villain skirmishes, the actual figures add up to much more than a lengthy written description. Pages might be a word processor, but it does a fine job at slinging numbers, too, giving you the tools to present data and other complex information clearly and efficiently.

Numbers? The ever-attentive reader might notice that this also happens to be the name of a certain spreadsheet program included in iWork. In fact, the way that Pages uses tables and charts to manage your data reveals a strong family resemblance to its math-minded cousin. As you’ll learn when you dig into Numbers later in this book, tables are central to Numbers documents, where every table acts as its own standalone spreadsheet. In Pages (and Keynote, too), tables are lightweight versions of the full-featured tables in Numbers, and the same goes for charts. You can even copy and paste tables and charts between iWork programs, letting you share data between your spreadsheets, written documents, and slideshows.

Like the images, shapes, and text boxes explored in Chapter 7, tables and charts are objects, too—you can move, resize, and manipulate them like you can any other object. You’ll learn all the advanced details of building tables and charts in the Numbers section of this book, but this chapter gets you started on the ...

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