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Customizing Chart Patterns, Colors, and Labels

In addition to the generic label axis properties that apply to all charts, you can change properties of individual charts items, such as patterns, colors, and data labels. Review the following sections for information:

Changing Chart Color Schemes and Fill Patterns

Changing Chart Data Labels

Changing the Color of Chart Elements, Lines, and Text

Changing Chart Color Schemes and Fill Patterns

you to redistribute chart colors to emphasize specific charted items listed in the Outliner and change chart focus. Colors are differentiated along a specific axis.

To change the pattern or color scheme of a chart:

  1. Double-click a chart element in the legend, or select an element in the chart (such as a bar or a pie slice) and choose Chart then Properties.
  2. A Properties dialog box appears that may contain one or more tabs (Patterns, Axis, Data Labels), depending on the format of the active chart.

  3. Click the Patterns tab to display the Patterns page.
  4. Select the fill pattern and color for the chart segment, line, or marker.
    • AutomaticAutomatically sets the fill pattern and color to the default setting. The default setting for fill pattern is Solid. The default setting for color varies between chart formats.
    • NoneSets a transparent fill pattern and color for the selected element.
    • CustomAllows you to select a foreground color and fill pattern for the chart. Choices include Solid, Hollow, Horizontal, Vertical, Cross, Diagonally Up, Diagonally Down, Diagonally Cross.
    • For line charts, you can also select the width, style and color of lines, and the size, style, border colors, and fill colors of markers.

  5. Click OK.

Changing Chart Data Labels

You can change the type of data used in the labels in your chart. The choices available depend on the chart format.

To change a chart’s data labels:

  1. Double-click a chart element in the legend, or select an element in the chart (such as a bar or a pie slice) and choose Chart then Properties.
  2. Click the Data Labels tab to display the Data Labels page.
  3. Select the fill pattern and color for the chart segment, line, or marker.
    • Pie Charts – Select whether to show pie slice labels, values, percentages, negative values, and lines that connect a data label to its pie slice.
    • Bar Charts – Select whether to show individual bar values and the placement of the values inside the bar.
    • Line Charts – Select whether to show values and ignore null values, and select the placement of the values relative to the line.

For line charts, you can also use the Axis page to specify whether to plot values on the primary (left) axis or secondary (right) axis.

Changing the Color of Chart Elements, Lines, and Text

Use the Format toolbar to change the line, fill, and text color of a chart element or text and add emphasis to your chart.

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Note   If the Format toolbar is not visible, choose View then Toolbars then Formatting.

To change line color:

  1. Select a plot point in the line whose color you want to change.
  2. On the Format toolbar, open the Line Color list and select a color from the palette.

To change the fill color of a chart element:

  1. Select the chart element whose fill color you want to change.
  2. On the Format toolbar, open the Fill Color list and select a color from the palette.

To change the color of text:

  1. Select the label or other text element whose text color you want to change.
  2. On the Format toolbar, open the Text Color list and select a color from the palette.

Area and Ribbon Chart Patterns Properties

Bar Chart Patterns Properties

Bar Chart Data Labels Properties

Line Chart Patterns Properties

Line Chart Data Labels Properties

Pie Chart Patterns Properties

Pie Chart Data Labels Properties


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