670 ofﬁce x for macintosh: the missing manual
Advanced chart options
Choosing Chart→Chart Options brings up the Chart Options dialog box, where
you can control your chart’s title, axes, gridlines, legend, data labels, and data table.
It’s essentially the same as Excel’s Chart Options window, which is detailed on page
Tip: To import an Excel worksheet (or a tab- or comma-delimited text ﬁle) into Graph, choose Edit→Import
Windows Media Player
On the Macintosh, the standard movie- and sound-playing software is QuickTime
Player. On Windows, it’s Windows Media Player.
Thanks to a bizarre intersection of Microsoft corporate strategies, there’s now a pro-
gram called Windows Media Player (WMP) for Macintosh (Figure 18-16). You have
to install WMP from the Value Pack (see page 681), or, if you can’t bear to dig out
that CD again, you can download it from www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.aspx.
WMP combines some of the features of iTunes and QuickTime Player. Unlike iTunes,
however, WMP for the Mac can’t play MP3 ﬁles or burn music CDs—in fact, it can’t
even play CDs.
Still, WMP is the only game in town if you want to experience streaming audio and
video that are available only in Windows formats (.asf, .asx, .wm, .wmp, and so on).
A Fall 2003 version called Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X brings even more
formats to the Mac, including WMP 9—Microsoft’s latest and greatest video and
audio format. More online WMP files than ever, including certain movie trailers,
will be playing in a browser near you—including both Safari and Internet Explorer.
Installing WMP: Not for Wimps
Like many newly Carbonized programs, Windows Media
Player needed some time to learn how to play nice with
Mac OS X. For the best chance at success, make sure you’ve
installed the most recent versions of both Mac OS X and
the player. (If your WMP opens in Classic instead of Mac
OS X, then you deﬁnitely need to download a newer ver-
If you don’t have the latest and greatest, you may encoun-
ter errors while trying to run the WMP installer. The fol-
lowing workaround usually succeeds at sorting things out:
Locate the WMP installer on your Mac, but don’t launch it
yet. Instead, launch Internet Explorer in OS X (version 5.1.4
or later is preferable). Only then should you double-click
the WMP installer. When installation is completed, close
the installer, and then quit Internet Explorer. Finally, re-
launch Internet Explorer. This procedure forces Explorer to
ﬁnd its new plug-ins in your Mac’s Library→Internet Plug-
Ins→Windows Media Plugin folder.
If you’ve installed WMP successfully, but can’t get any
streaming media to play, then try the same trick. Launch
Explorer, launch Windows Media Player, and then quit and