Business process charts like employee routines, document preparation, and approval, or online user navigation
path on a website or a Web store are different from academic flows of algorithms. Usually, academic
applications use a limited number of standard shape types, but in business, different shapes give a better
look and simplify understanding. However, it is hard to decide which shape is appropriate for the specific
The Format tab of the Drawing Tools toolbar provides a plenty of options for customizing
a shape outline, background, and text settings. Also, you can change spacing and size for multiple shapes at
Every time you add, move, or resize shapes, by default, it isn't easy to align them. Excel proposes features
named Snap to Shape and Snap to Grid that can help to organize shape and any objects.
Gridlines help you align shapes and create consistent dimensions for each object. In Excel, gridlines are
simulated by column borders, and changing column widths and heights essentially controls your gridlines.
By default, gridlines are displayed in worksheets, but you can hide the gridlines.
Simple line and bar charts often attract little or no interest in the audience. Still, Excel allows you to
attract attention to your data by emphasizing change direction, difference, or period.
Very few Excel users pay attention to the chart axes, but there are some tricks with axes that will help
you to improve your visualizations with little or no efforts.
If you have a lot of data, manual editing and formatting of cells isn't an option anymore. However, Excel
provides you many group operations that make those manipulations quick and easy.
Using simple tricks, you can convert your Excel spreadsheet from a table with rows and columns to an
interactive application that will help you to represent the data more appealingly and conveniently.