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Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide by Steve Schwartz

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Chapter 18. Charts and Tables

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.

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  • 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 ...

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