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To format a chart, you must still be in Microsoft Graph. To determine whether you are in Graph, look for a border with diagonal lines around the chart (Figure 2.15). If you aren't in Microsoft Graph, double-click the chart placeholder.

Figure 2.15Figure 2.15 The border around this chart indicates that you are in Microsoft Graph.

To change the chart type:

  1. While working in Microsoft Graph, choose Chart > Chart Type.

  2. The Chart Type dialog box appears (Figure 2.16).

    Figure 2.16Figure 2.16 Select a chart type from this dialog box.

  3. To change the chart, choose a different type and sub-type (Figure 2.17).

  4. Figure 2.17Figure 2.17 Select another chart type to change the view of the data.

  5. Click and hold the Press and Hold to View Sample button for a preview of the new chart type.

  6. Your data will appear in the new chart type instead of the placeholder. If it meets with your satisfaction, click OK.


You can select the chart type either before or after you fill in the datasheet.

All relevant charting commands are on the shortcut menu (the right-click menu) as well as on the Chart menu.

If you use one type of chart frequently, you can make it the default by clicking Set as default chart (Figure 2.17).

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