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Microsoft® Office Word 2007 Step by Step by Joyce Cox and Joan Lambert

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Modifying a Chart

If you decide that the chart you created doesn’t adequately depict the most important characteristics of your data, you can change the chart type at any time. Word provides 11 types of charts, each with two-dimensional and three-dimensional variations. Common chart types include the following:

  • Column charts. These are good for showing how values change over time.

  • Bar charts. These are good for showing the values of several items at a single point in time.

  • Line graphs. These are good for showing erratic changes in values over time.

  • Pie charts. These are good for showing how parts relate to the whole.

Having settled on the most appropriate chart type, you can modify the chart as a whole or any of its elements, which include the following: ...

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