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Select a different Chart Type in Excel

Change the Type of a Chart in Excel




If you feel that the current chart type is not showing your data in the best way, you can change the chart type with just a few mouse clicks. For example, you might want to change a bar chart to a pie chart or a line chart to a stock chart.

You can also save yourself some work by configuring Excel with a new default chart type, and by saving the current chart type and chart formatting as a template that you can reuse later on.



Learn How to Create a Chart in Excel

How to Create a Chart in Excel




You can create a chart from your Excel worksheet data with just a few mouse clicks. As shown in “Understanding Chart Types”, Excel comes with 11 main chart types.

However, each of these types has several predefined varieties, so in all Excel offers more than 70 default chart configurations, which means there should always be a type that best visualizes your data. Regardless of the chart type you choose originally, you can change to a different chart type at any time.


Use a Range Name in a Formula in Excel

Use a Range Name in a Formula in Excel



You can make your formulas easier to build, more accurate, and easier to read by using range names as operands. For example, the formula =SUM(B2:B10) is difficult to decipher on its own because you cannot tell at a glance what kind of data is in the range B2:B10. However, with the formula =SUM(Expenses), it is immediately obvious that the formula is adding a range of expense values. In a previous video we explain how to define range names.

Reference Another Worksheet Range in a Formula: You can add flexibility to your formulas by adding references to ranges that reside in other worksheets. This enables you to take advantage of work you have done in other worksheets so you do not have to waste time repeating your work on the current worksheet. You can even add references to ranges that reside in other workbooks.



Protect an Excel Workbook

Protect an Excel Workbook




Protect a Worksheet’s Data: If you will be distributing a workbook to other people, you can enable Excel’s options for safeguarding worksheet data by activating the sheet’s protection feature. You can also configure the worksheet to require a password to unprotect it.

There are two main methods you can use to safeguard worksheet data: You can unlock only those cells that users are allowed to edit, and you can configure a range to require a password before it can be edited.

Protect a Workbook’s Structure and Windows: You can prevent unwanted changes to a workbook by activating protection for the workbook’s windows and structure. You can also configure the workbook to require a password to unprotect it.

You should protect a workbook’s structure when you do not want others to perform actions such as adding or deleting worksheets; you should protect a workbook’s windows when you do not want others to perform actions such as splitting a window or freezing panes.



Add Comments to an excel Workbook

Add Comments in an Excel Workbook




If you have received a workbook from another person, you can provide feedback to that person by adding a comment to a cell in the workbook. A comment is often the best way to give feedback because it does not change anything on the worksheet itself. Comments are attached to a particular cell, and Excel displays an indicator on any cell that has a comment. When you hover your mouse pointer over such a cell, Excel displays the comment in a balloon.



Convert Ranges to a Table in Excel

Convert Ranges to a Table in Excel




You can apply Excel’s powerful table tools to any range by first converting that range to a table. In Excel, a table is a collection of related information with an organizational structure that makes it easy to add, edit, and sort data. A table is a type of database where the data is organized into rows and columns: Each column represents a database field, and each row represents a database record.



Move or Copy a Formula in Excel

How to Move or Copy a Formula in Excel




You can restructure or reorganize a worksheet by moving an existing formula to a different part of the worksheet. When you move a formula, Excel preserves the formula’s range references.

Excel also enables you to make a copy of a formula, which is a useful technique if you require a duplicate of the formula elsewhere or if you require a formula that is similar to an existing formula. When you copy a formula, Excel adjusts the range references to the new location.


Knowing the Excel Window

Knowing the Microsoft Excel Window



The Excel Window, Now, we are going to learn the excel window parts. To get up to speed quickly with excel, it helps to understand the various elements of the excel window. These include standard window elements such as, the title bar and status bar, as well as office-specific elements such as the ribbon and the file tab.



Using the Microsoft Excel Ribbon

Knowing the Microsoft Excel Ribbon



You use Excel’s Ribbon element to access all of the program’s features and commands. The Ribbon is the horizontal strip that runs across the top of the Excel window, just below the title bar. The Ribbon is organized into various tabs, such as Home, Layout, and Insert, and each tab contains related controls, which usually include buttons, lists, and check boxes.



Formatting Fonts in Microsoft Excel

Formatting Fonts in Microsoft Excel



Change the Font and Font Size: When you work in an Excel worksheet, you can add visual appeal to a cell or range by changing the font and font size. In this section, the term font is synonymous with typeface, and both refer to the overall look of each character. By default, Excel offers nearly 200 different fonts in a wide variety of styles. Also, the font size is measured in points, where there are roughly 72 points in an inch. In some cases, formatting a range with a larger font size can make the range text easier to read. Apply Font Effects: You can improve the look and impact of text in an Excel worksheet by applying font effects to a range. Excel’s font effects include common formatting such as bold, italic, and underline, which are available on the Ribbon for easy application. Excel also offers a dialog box tab that includes many more font effects, including special effects such as strikethrough, superscripts, and subscripts. In most cases, you should not need to apply more than one or two font effects at a time. If you use too many effects, it can make the text difficult to read. Change the Font Color: When you build an Excel worksheet, you can add visual interest to the sheet text by changing the font color. By default, each Excel workbook comes with a theme applied, and you can change the font color by applying one of the colors from the workbook’s theme. You learn more about workbook themes in other chapter. You can also select a color from Excel’s palette of standard colors, or from a custom color that you create yourself.