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Special Edition Using Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2002 by Tom Mucciolo, Patrice-Anne Rutledge

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Selecting a Chart Type

PowerPoint offers numerous chart types and chart sub-types for almost every kind of graphic representation you could want to create. Sub-types offer variations on the basic chart type, such as 3D options. PowerPoint includes the following basic chart types:

  • Column Creates vertical columns to compare the values of categories of data. Column, bar, and line charts work well if you want to compare values over a time period such as months or quarters. Figure 11.7 illustrates a sample column chart.

  • Bar Creates horizontal bars to compare the values of categories of data.

  • Line Creates a line with markers for each data value.

  • Pie Creates a pie that analyzes percentages of a total number. Use a pie chart if you want to see the contribution ...

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