Creating picture charts

Excel makes it easy to incorporate a pattern, texture, or graphic file for elements in your chart. E.g., you can create funny burger sales chart for your colleagues.
The picture Chart in Excel 2007

To convert a data series to pictures, follow these steps:

    1.    Start with a column or bar chart (either standard or 3-D).

    2.    To open Format Data Series dialog box, do any of the following:

  • Select the series and on the Layout tab, in the Current Selection group, choose Format Selection:
    Current Selection in Excel 2007
  • Select Format Selection... in the popup menu:
    popup data series in Excel 2007

    3.    In the Fill tab choose the Picture or texture fill option:

Format Data Series in Excel 2007

    4.    In the Insert from group, choose a way to insert picture.

    5.    Click Close to close dialog box.

You'll probably find that you need to play around with the settings to make your graphics work out the way you'd like.

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