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• Clip Art. This command brings up the Microsoft Clip Gallery, a database con-
taining hundreds of images in over 40 categories. You can also search for speciﬁc
images using the built-in search feature.
• From File. Using this option, you can import into your sheet any graphic ﬁle
format that QuickTime understands, including EPS, GIF, JPEG, PICT, TIFF, or
• AutoShapes. Choose this command to summon the AutoShapes toolbar, from
which you can insert many different automatically generated shapes—arrows,
boxes, stars and banners, and so on.
• Organization Chart. When you choose this menu item, Excel launches the MS
Organization Chart application, which lets you create a corporate-style organi-
zational chart with ease. (This kind of chart, which resembles a top-down
ﬂowchart, is generally used to indicate the hierarchy of employees in an organi-
zation. But it’s also a great way to draft the structure of a Web site.)
•WordArt. Using the WordArt menu command, you can apply some wild effects
to type, including 3D effects, gradients, shadows, or any combination.
• From Scanner or Camera. Excel can use Photoshop or TWAIN drivers to access
images directly from a scanner or camera. Choosing this option leads you through
a series of steps that help you import images. (Of course, most Mac OS X fans
have set up iPhoto or Image Capture to open automatically when a camera is
plugged in, thus getting to your pictures before Excel can.)
Each of these graphics types is described more completely in Chapter 18.
Tip: QuickTime movies can be added to an Excel spreadsheet by choosing Insert→Movie.
To paraphrase the old saying, “a graph is worth a thousand numbers.” Fortunately,
Excel can easily turn a spreadsheet full of data into a beautiful, colorful graphic,
revealing patterns and trends in the data that otherwise might be difﬁcult or impos-
sible to see.
The keys to making an effective chart are to design your spreadsheet from the be-
ginning of charthood, and then to choose the right chart type for the data (see Fig-
Note: If you’ve read the reviews of Excel X—or its marketing materials—you may be pretty excited about
making charts with transparent ﬁlls, one of the few truly new features. Reserve judgment, however, until
you’ve read page 507.