Microsoft Excel

2.1 Opening Microsoft Excel 2.2 Microsoft Excel Startup Screen 2.4 Introduction to the Excel Interface 2.5 Customizing the Excel Quick Access Toolbar 2.6 More on the Excel Interface 2.7 Understanding the Structure of an Excel Workbook 2.8 Saving an Excel Document 2.9 Opening an Existing Excel Document 2.10 Common Excel Shortcut Keys 3.1 Entering Text to Create Spreadsheet Titles 3.2 Working with Numeric Data in Excel 3.3 Entering Date Values in Excel 3.4 Working with Cell References 3.5 Creating Basic Formulas in Excel 3.6 Relative Versus Absolute Cell References in Formulas 3.7 Understanding the Order of Operation 4.1 The structure of an Excel Function 4.2 Working with the SUM() Function – Excel 4.3 Working with the MIN() and MAX() Functions 4.4 Working with the AVERAGE() Function 4.5 Working with the COUNT() Function 4.6 Adjacent Cells Error in Excel Calculations 4.7 Using the AutoSum Command 4.8 Excel’s AutoSum Shortcut Key 4.9 Using the AutoFill Command to Copy Formulas 5.1 Moving and Copying Data in an Excel Worksheet 5.2. Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns 5.3. Changing the Width and Height of Cells 5.4 Hiding and Unhiding Excel Rows and Columns 5.5 Renaming an Excel Worksheet 5.6. Deleting an Excel Worksheet 5.7 Moving and Copying an Excel Worksheet 6.1 Working with Font Formatting Commands 6.2. Changing the Background Color of a Cell 6.3. Adding Borders to Cells 6.4. Formatting Data as Currency Values 6.5. Formatting Percentages 6.6. Using Excel’s Format Painter 6.7. Creating Styles to Format Data 6.8. Merging and Centering Cells 6.9. Using Conditional Formatting 7.1 Inserting Images and Shapes into an Excel Worksheet 7.2 Inserting Shapes In Excel 7.3 Formatting Excel Shapes 7.4. Working with Excel SmartArt 8.1. Creating an Excel Column Chart 8.2. Working with the Excel Chart Ribbon 8.3. Adding and Modifying Data on an Excel Chart 8.4. Formatting an Excel Chart 8.5. Moving a Chart to another Worksheet 8.6. Working with Excel Pie Charts 9.1. Viewing your Document in Print Preview 9.2. Changing the Margins, Scaling and Orientation 9.3 Adding Header and Footer Content 9.4 Printing a Specific Range of Cells 10.1. Intro to Excel Templates 10.3. Opening an Existing Template 10.4. Creating a Custom Template 13.1 Understanding Excel List Structure 13.2 Sorting a List Using Single Level Sort 13.3 Sorting a List Using Multi-Level Sorts 13.4 Using Custom Sorts in an Excel List 13.5 Filter an Excel List Using the AutoFilter Tool 13.6 Creating Subtotals in a List 13.7 Format a List as a Table 13.8 Using Conditional Formatting to Find Duplicates 13.9 Removing Duplicates in Excel 14.1 Excel DSUM Function Single Criteria 14.2 Excel DSUM Function with OR Criteria 14.3 Excel DSUM Function with AND Criteria 14.4 Excel Function: DAVERAGE() 14.5 Excel Function: DCOUNT() 14.6 Excel Function: SUBTOTAL() 15.1 Creating an Excel Data Validation List 15.2 Excel Decimal Data Validation 15.3 Adding a Custom Excel Data Validation Error 15.4 Dynamic Formulas by Using Excel Data Validation Techniques 16.1 Importing Data from Text Files into Excel 16.2 Excel 2019

8.1. Creating an Excel Column Chart

Welcome to the next section of this Excel for Beginners book, during this section we are going to talk about our simple little spreadsheet here, something that is a bunch of numbers and tags and turning it into something much more graphical. We are going to talk about charts.

Now I am going to take you through a couple of different types of charts.

The first one we are going to see right here is the more common type of chart, a popular type of chart called the clustered column chart. Later-on, we are going to take-a-look at working with pie charts.

Just quickly I want to be able to compare, and contrast between these two different extremes of charts.

So first a clustered column perhaps my favorite of all the different charts, It is a very versatile chart and can handle larger amounts of data.

This is how you create a chart within Microsoft Excel.

So, my first step I want to be able to take my little spreadsheet and I am still using the same sample file. I want to take this and make it more graphical and glance. The whole purpose here creating a chart of what my users at a glance to be able to relate to the data and more easily compare Perhaps compared different months to one another or different bills to each other where did I spend the most, which month that I spent in the most.

Well this is simple little bars just with different heights in the bars. It is going to be much easier to capture and identify that data as opposed to thrown out a bunch of numbers at my audience.

So my first step I have got to highlight the data that I want to chart so in my case the first go round, I am going to select from A3 down to D8,  I am going to get my bills and my three months bill amounts.

Creating an Excel Column Chart 1

Once I have that data selected, I am then going to go up to my Insert tab top of my screen, I am going to go about halfway through and I got charts, I mean I grab the column chart here and I am going to get the first one to the clustered column chart, select that and I have now got this fancy little chart that took those numbers just that raw text in the background and created something much more impactful and accessible at a glance.

Creating an Excel Column Chart 2

What do you think what is drawing your attention what assumptions can you make here just by looking at these different bars. Well right away for me I am looking at it and thinking holy cow those big blue bars are blowing everything else away, What is that?

So, it is drawing my attention, I can see those orange and blue ones, Well those are pretty low What are those all about, Well that is my phone and gas. Well then again, at a glance, I can start to make these snap judgments and really start to compare information, So much more graphical approach to our data.

Now my chart is big, and it is covering all my data right now.

I am going to move it, Just left click someplace empty and drag it down below you know places down below my data.

So, creating a chart simple just highlight the data that you want to chart.

Try it out. Build yourself a simple little chart to really illustrate visually what your data looks like.