The creation of a large number of visually consistent charts to represent different data is a time consuming and
error prone task unless you know how to copy formatting between charts.
Every workbook uses a palette of 56 colors, but you can change the palette for the current workbook or even
change the default colors for new workbooks.
You can unlink a chart from its data ranges and produce a static chart that remains unaffected by later
changes in the data.
If you often need to adjust your data ranges so that your charts plot an updated data range, you may be
interested in a trick that forces Excel to update the chart's data range whenever you add new data to your
This chart resembles a speedometer gauge and displays a value between 0 and 100%.
A Gantt chart is a horizontal bar chart that is often used in project management applications
like Microsoft Project.
Excel makes it easy to incorporate a pattern, texture, or graphic file for elements in your chart. E.g., you
can create a funny burger sales chart for your colleagues.
When you're plotting data over time, you may want to plot a trend line that describes the data. A trend line
points out general trends in your data.
For certain chart types, you can add error bars to your chart. Error bars often are used to indicate "plus
or minus" information that reflects uncertainty in the data.
Periodical processes like the volume of support service calls often have critical zones that indicate a severe
problem that needs to be investigated and mitigated. This tip shows how to reveal and emphasize those
critical zones for analysis.