Three tips for getting started with Excel Charts

Three tips for getting started with Excel Charts

Charts in Microsoft Excel are easy. This short video shows three tips for creating charts. I'll cover two keyboard shortcuts for making charts, using Recommend Charts, and creating charts using Quick Analysis.

Tip # 1 - Use Keyboard Shortcuts to create Charts

Windows Keyboard shortcuts

  • F11 to create a chart on a new worksheet
  • ALT + F1 to create a chart on the current worksheet

Mac Keyboard shortcuts

  • FN + F11 to create a chart on a new worksheet
  • FN + ⌥ + F1 to create a chart on the current worksheet

Note: If these shortcuts don't work on the Mac, you must turn off the conflicting Mission Control keyboard shortcut on your Mac by going to System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control and disabliging Show Desktop [F11].

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Tip # 2 - Use Recommend Charts

Steps to use recommended charts

  1. Select the data to chart
  2. Click the insert tab
  3. Click Recommended Charts - screenshot above
  4. Select a chart to preview the chart
  5. Click OK

 

Tip # 3 - Use Quick Analysis to create a Chart

Steps to use Quick Analysis

  1. Select the data to chart
  2. Click the Quick Analysis icon
  3. Click Charts - screenshot above
  4. Mouse over the charts to preview
  5. Click a chart to add to the worksheet
Chris Menard

Chris is a Microsoft Office Master. He trains corporate clients in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. Menard is a speaker for the Georgia Society of CPAs and a senior lecturer at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Menard's YouTube channel has over 600 technology videos. Chris works full-time as a Training Specialist for a global law firm. His office is in midtown, Atlanta.

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