A chart or graph can make complex numerical information easier to interpret by expressing it visually. To create or edit a chart, PowerPoint and Word 2008 use Excel. (In earlier versions of Office, charts were made using an application called Graph.) When creating a new chart or editing an existing one, you temporarily leave PowerPoint and work in Excel.
Information in this chapter concerning the process of creating charts in PowerPoint is also applicable to creating them in Word.
See Chapter 13 for additional information about creating, editing, and formatting charts.
If you’ve already created and formatted a chart in Excel, you don’t need to follow the instructions in this chapter. See “Copying, Linking, and ...