Microsoft Excel 365 has many data display features to make charts very useful. When students use these features to their advantage, they will make very beautiful looking documents that can express source data in a very useful manner. Some of these features include Chart Filters, Data Tables, Gridlines, and Trendlines.
We can examine each of these features to understand they can be used to help improve the appearance of your Excel charts and graphs.
The first feature we will examine today is Chart Filters. Chart Filters are a beneficial tool for highlighting specific parts of data in your Excel charts. Users are able to focus on specific information from single or multiple data fields. The tutorials How to Filter Charts in Excelexplains how to fiter chart data by activating the Chart Filter table and then configuring the fields that you want to display.
Data Tables are an excellent feature of Excel charts. Data Tables can be added to graphs to display the source data along with the visual chart graphic, and can easily be activated in an Excel chart. Data tables allow users to display a great deal of useful information into a single graphic chart. The tutorial How To Add Data Tables in Excel shows users how adding data tables can be accomplished by switching the Data Table option on or off in the Excel Chart Elements menu. Users also have the ability to add and remove legend keys in the Excel Data Table submenu.
Gridlines are used to visually display changes in data values on an Excel Chart. Both Vertical and Horizontal Gridlines can be activated on certain excel charts like column charts, stock charts and line charts. The tutorial How to Add and Remove Gridlines in Excel Charts Adding Gridlines to Excel charts provides a straightforward explanation of how to activate or get rid of gridlines on Excel charts. All that needs to be done is to switch the horizontal or vertical gridlines on or off in the Chart Elements menu.
Trendlines are an excellent tool for showing movement in Chart data. Users can visually demonstrate trends in their data over time and can easily be activated in an Excel graph. The tutorial How to Make Trendlines on an Excel Chart provides a straightforward explanation of how to activate or get rid of trendlines on an Excel chart. All that needs to be done is to switch the trendline option on or off in the Chart Elements menu.
Mastering these features will help users make more effective and visually satisfying Excel charts.