How to Apply a Style to a Chart Element in Excel

 

 

 

 
You can reduce the time it takes to format a chart element by applying a style to that element. Excel comes with more than 40 predefined element styles, each of which is a collection of chart formatting features.

Each style includes one or more of the following formatting features: a background, which is usually either a solid color or a color gradient; an outline, which is usually a solid line with a color that matches or complements the background; and one or more special effects, such as a shadow or bevel.