You can format charts to customize the appearance and to clarify the data presented.
When you insert a chart, the default dimensions are 613 wide and 380 pixels tall, regardless of the size or orientation of your page. You can modify the size of the chart using the Width and Height boxes in the Chart Properties panel.
You can also modify the placement of your chart as needed. If a chart is smaller than the default size, the chart placement can be adjusted. Select the chart and use the left, center and right alignment icons in the toolbar.
You can also click and drag the chart. As you move a small chart on your slide, guidelines will appear to aid alignment and placement. Use the arrow keys to fine tune the placement of the chart.
The spacing feature allows you to determine the amount of space between the chart content and the perimeter of the chart.
- Set the spacing pixels to a lower number for less white space between your chart and perimeter.
- Set the spacing pixels to a higher number for more white space between the chart and perimeter.
To change chart spacing:
- Click on the Set Spacing Options button in the Chart Properties panel.
- In the Set Spacing Options dialog box, adjust the spacing between the chart itself and the perimeter of the chart for the left, right, top and bottom.
- If you’d like to keep all sides equal, check the Make all sides equal box. Then adjust any of the options and the others will change to match the selected number of pixels.
You can set a border for the outer edge of your chart using the Line Color tool. If you click on the inner area of your chart, you can also set that line color independently.
Borders can also be created for a single column or slice or for a portion of a stacked column or stacked bar chart:
- Select the column, slice or portion of a stacked column or bar in the chart.
- Use the toggle to turn on the Border feature.
- Enter a number for the border width in pixels.
- Use the Line Color icon to choose a color.
Note: When you create a border around a column, bar or a portion of a stacked chart, a border is also created around that value in the legend for easy identification.
Background Colors for Charts
There are two different areas where you can add a background color in charts: the background for the entire chart or the background for the inner area of the chart.
To set the background color for the entire chart:
- Click on one of the edges of the chart.
- Set the color using the background color tool in the Edit toolbar.
To set a background color for the inner area of your chart:
- Click on the drop-down in the Plot Area Fill option in the Chart Properties panel.
- Choose Solid in the drop-down menu.
- Select a desired color.
To work with gradient fills, see additional information below.
Gradient Fills for Charts
You can add gradient background fills to a number of chart types.
To create a gradient:
- Click the Plot Area Fill drop-down.
- Choose 2-Color Gradient or 3-Color Gradient.
- Use the color swatch to choose the colors for the gradient.
- Use the arrow icon to set a direction for the gradient.