Charts in Microsoft Excel lets you visualize, analyze and explain data.
Charting in Excel is very easy and you will be amazed how quickly you can produce a clear visual representation of your data.
This article explains the different elements that exist in the most popular Excel charts.
The links to the right allow you to quickly move to a section in this article.
Check out the 'Chart Basics' category for more tips and tricks.
The chart area contains all chart components. Read more here: Chart area
The chart title is often a descriptive text of what the chart displays. Read more here: Chart title
The plot area refers to the location of the chart that shows the actual data represented by lines, bars, columns, dots etc.
Read more: Plot area
The x-axis and y-axis titles are easy to format and customize, read more here: How to customize chart axis titles
The axis values are also easy to customize, read more here: How to format chart axes and their values
Read more here: How to customize a chart data series
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Read more: How to customize the chart legend
Read more: How to customize chart tick marks
There is a really quick way to add chart elements, simply select the chart.
Click the "plus" sign and all chart elements show up. Select or deselect the elements you want.
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