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#1 Terpatz

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 03:37 PM

Not sure I understand the difference regarding creating a chart where you need to select all the data including the labels and and charting a range where you can click anywhere within the data.  Could somebody please enlighten me?

 

 



#2 Jonathan

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:20 PM

Hi Terpatz,

 

The distinction lies in having either one cell selected or having several cells selected.  If you have only one cell selected when you create a chart, Excel will automatically chart the entire range.

 

However, if you select the values before creating the chart Excel will only chart the values that you have selected, meaning that it can miss the labels if you don't select them.

 

If this still isn't clear, it might help to watch the video version of the following lesson: Essential Skills Lesson 5-2 Create a simple chart with two clicks.

 

If you're still having trouble after watching the video, please feel free to reply to this post and I will try to help more.


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#3 Terpatz

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:47 PM

Thanks Jonathan, think I am beginning to understand better now.  The lesson seemed contradictory at first but  a few experiments with some charts helped although I must admit there will always be something that won't make sense for a while.  Will let you know if I am still stuck with anything, thank you for your help.







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