Dense, lengthy spreadsheets with a lot of data may be good for calculations, but the results can often be hard to read. Charts provide a way to display your data that is easy to understand and visually appealing; 3D charts, in particular, are visually appealing and, depending on the type, can even display multiple series of data using the depth axis. Once you have created them in Microsoft Excel, your 3D charts can be printed out or added to other files, such as presentations, documents or even Web pages.
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Launch Microsoft Excel, open your spreadsheet and select the cells that contain the data you want to include in the chart.
Click "Insert," select "Recommended Charts" and scroll through the list of recommended charts. If there are no 3D charts in the list, click "All Charts."
Click any of the 3D charts in the list to see how your data will appear in the chart. When you find a chart you like, click "OK."
Adjust the appearance of your chart further, if necessary. The "Chart Elements," "Chart Styles" and "Chart Filters" buttons, located to the right of the chart, provide options to do this, as do the "Design" and "Format" tabs that appear when a chart is selected.
Tips and warnings
- Information in this article applies to Microsoft Excel 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.
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