Using Charts in Microsoft Word 2013: Changing the look and feel

You already knew how to choose and insert charts in Microsoft Word 2013. You also have known how to customize the values according to our requirements. If you are a new face to charts in MS Word 2013, I recommend you to go through the previous article showing how to choose, insert and change values while using in a document.


In this article, I’m going to tell you how to choose different styles that changes the look and feel of the charts and graphs in the document. I’ll go easy on it and so should you.


After inserting and changing the chart with custom values, you might want it fit for the style of the document you are preparing. Fortunately, Office 2013 brings us the unleashed possibilities of choosing enhanced graphical illustrations. Let’s see how to apply different styles and over the illustrations.


To change the look and feel of the chart, click on the chart and go to Design tab for further options to proceed.


Adding Chart Elements

I’m going to continue with the same kind of pie chart I’ve used in the previous article. The adding of the styles is same as adding them to the following pie chart.


You can add different chart elements for the type of chart you have inserted. There are generally 7 type of chart elements, of them some only can be used according to the type of chart inserted. Options may vary from chart to chart based on its type.


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The 7 type of chart elements are:

  1. Chart Title
  2. Data Labels
  3. Data Table
  4. Legend
  5. Lines
  6. Trend line
  7. Up/Down Bars

You could see only 4 chart elements being highlighted for the pie chart I’ve inserted.


1. Chart title

You can choose to have a title for the chart or not.


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I have chosen Above chart option here which places the chart title, ‘Sales’ at the top of it. You can also set border and fill background with patterns, colors, pictures and gradients.


2. Data Labels

Data labels are added to show data values for different proportions of the charts. You can set the way the data labels to be displayed as per your requirement and wish.


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You could see the data values being shown for the different proportions in the above screenshot.


You can also customize the data label options by clicking on More Data Label Options. There you can choose the data and its type to be shown on the chart.


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3. Data Table

Though data tables are only for bar graph type of charts, I would like to discuss about them here.


You can set the bar graph with or without legend keys. The more options include the border and fill out options which we’ve discussed earlier.


4. Legend

Legend displays which data represents which values. For example take a look at the screenshot showing sales in 4 quarters.


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5. Lines

It is to set the different styles of lines in the chart. You can choose to have the chart lines or not. It is as per your requirement.


6. Trend line

Trend line shows the progression in the charts. Take a look at the following screenshot for example.


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The orange dotted line is the trend line. You can choose to display more than one trend line(for each series).


Changing Layout

You can change the layout of the graph that is once inserted without disturbing the values and other customizations. Take  a look at the following screenshot of the pie chart we’ve been talking about since starting after changing its layout.


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To change the layout Design > Quick Layout and select one among the existed.


Changing Colors

You can also change the colors for the portions that are existed. Take a look at the following screenshot as an example.


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To change the colors of the chart, go to Design > Colors and choose the color combo that suits best for you.


Applying Styles

You can also apply styles to the chart. There available the best and professional styles to apply for a chart. Take a look at the pie chart we’ve been customizing looks when we apply different styles to it.


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This is how you can change the look and feel of a chart in Microsoft Word 2013. If you have any queries, comment below. I’ll take my best time to answer you as quick as possible.

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Using Charts in Microsoft Word 2013: Choosing & Inserting a Chart

Using charts in Microsoft Word 2013 has become lot much easier than in earlier versions. Charts and graphs in Word 2013 has improved in visualizing the data in different patterns and shapes. Word 2013 have different type of charts available.

They are,
  1. Column charts
  2. Line charts
  3. Pie charts
  4. Bar charts
  5. Area plotting charts
  6. X Y (Scatter) charts
  7. Stock charts
  8. Surface charts
  9. Radar charts and
  10. Combo of any two charts

Choosing & Inserting a chart into document

In order to insert a chart in your document, you need to choose it first among the above told types.

To do so,

Step 1: Open Word 2013.

Step 2: Choose a Blank Template to proceed.

Step 3: Go to Insert tab and click on Chart.


Step 4: Choose a type of chart that suits your requirement well and hit OK.


Now you have inserted the chart into the document, it’s time to customize the values in it.

Changing chart values

You will be shown a table of values while inserting a chart into your document. You may change the values then itself or can be changed later.

If you chose to change them later, you can do it by right clicking on the chart and selecting Edit Data option.


You can also edit the data values in Excel 2013 if you have a huge data.

Let’s change the values of the pie chart you are seeing in this article. The following are the sample values given. When we change them from,




The pie chart will transform from this,



This is how we choose, insert and customize a charts in Microsoft Word 2013.
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How to Blog using MS Word 2007

Is there a person on the planet left who doesn’t have a blog? If not, I certainly haven’t met them. From the cradle to the grave, we blog, therefore we are.

But anyone who’s blogged knows that the text editing and word processing tools on blog sites are, to put it mildly, dismal. With Word 2007, though, you won’t need to go to your blogging site in order to write and post a blog entry because you can do it from right within the program.

First, write your post. You can include text formatting because Word will remember it and use it on your blog. Once you’ve written your post, here’s how to make it live in your blog:
  1. Click the Office button, and choose Publish --> Blog. A dialog box appears telling you that you need to register with your blogging service if you want to be able to post. Click Register now.
  2. From the screen that appears, choose your blog provider from the drop-down list, and click Next.settingup_new_blog_account
  3. If your blog provider isn’t listed on the drop-down list, choose Other, and click Next. Fill out the form that appears. You’ll need information such as the API your blog provider uses as well as the blog URL.
  4. The New Blogger Account screen appears. Enter your username and password for the blog, and check the box next to Remember Password. Click OK. You’ll get a warning that Word will send your username and password to your blog service provider, and that it’s possible that other people could see it (this is because many blog hosts do not use encryption for the usernames and passwords). Click Yes if you want to proceed.
  5. If you have more than one blog on the site, a screen appears asking which blog you want to post to. Select one, and click OK.
  6. Your blog post will now appear in a new window. Click Enter Post Title Here, and type in the title of your blog post. You can now type in the rest of your post. blogpost-title
  7. At the top left of the screen you’ll find the Blog Post group. To publish your blog, click the Publish button. To publish a draft, click the down arrow beneath it, and choose Publish as Draft. Other tools in Blog Post group let you open an existing post for editing, manage your blog accounts (adding, removing, or changing them), assign a category to your post, and view the home page of your blog.
  8. When you click Publish you’ll receive a warning that Word will send your username and password to your blog service provider. Click Yes to proceed.
  9. The post will be published to your blog, and you’ll see a notification at the top of your Word document that indicates your post was published. You can either save the Word document with the blog in it or discard it. Even if you discard it, the post is live on your site.

File Hosting in MS Word 2007

If you include a graphic in your Word document, you may not be able to post it to your site. Your blogging site may require that you use a separate Web site to host graphics or files for your blog.

If that’s the case, how can you get a picture into your blog? When you’re asked for your blog user name and password in Word, click Picture Options. Then select My Own Server, enter information about your picture provider, and click OK.

If you forget to do this the first time you set up Word for blogging, you can set it up later. On the Blog Post group, click Manage Accounts, highlight the account for which you want to add pictures, click Change, then click Picture Options and fill in the information.
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MicroSoft Launches New MS-Office Software For Consumers

The new Office suite of applications - including desktop staples Outlook email, Excel charts, Word and PowerPoint - marks the first overhaul since 2010 and aims to beat back growing competition from Google Inc's free online apps.

"The notion of an always up-to-date streaming version of Office comes directly from how people are using devices today," said Kurt DelBene, head of Microsoft's Office unit, in a phone interview. "You really want all your content to roam with you. We see that as an opportunity to deliver what customers are asking for."

The consumer-focused version of the new software, called Office 365 Home Premium, launched on Tuesday. After downloading the basic programs online, users can access the latest versions of all Office applications from up to five devices on a subscription basis for $100 a year.

SEATTLE: Microsoft Corp launched its new Office software on Tuesday, featuring constantly updated, online access to documents from a range of devices as the world's largest software company attempts to tailor its most profitable product to a mobile generation.

The software will be updated online, marking a change from the past where users had to wait years for upgrades to installed software.

The new Office largely adopts the look of last year's Windows 8, with a cleaner, more modern-looking design and includes touch-screen capability.

The 'ribbons' showing commands in Word and Excel are mostly unchanged. For the first time the package includes online calling and video service Skype, which Microsoft bought in 2011.

Users' work can be stored in remote data centers - known as 'the cloud' - and the latest version of a document accessed from any licensed device with a browser that the user wants to work on.


Two and a half years in the making, the new Office is designed to counter the growing popularity of Google Apps, a collection of online-only, Office-style applications Google provides free for home users and sells to businesses for $50 per user per year.

Microsoft is hoping its move into online services, alongside its new Surface tablets, pushes it back into the forefront of mobile computing, which has been led by Google's Android software and Apple's combination of slick hardware and apps.

"Today's launch of Office 365 Home Premium marks the next big step in Microsoft's transformation to a devices and services business," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive, in a statement.

The new Office will run natively on Microsoft's own Surface tablets - both the 'RT' and Pro versions running on ARM Holdings and Intel Corp chips respectively - but it will not run natively on Apple's iPad, disappointing some iPad users who are also Office fans.

"We have not said that we will do rich client software on the iPad at this point," said DelBene, although he did not rule out producing such software in the future. "We've been very logical in our approach. I'm pleased with the software we have delivered for the iPad to date," he said.

Microsoft's SkyDrive online storage system and its OneNote note-taking software are available as iPad apps and iPad users can use limited Web versions of some Office applications.

The iPad issue has been a long-time quandary for Microsoft, which might gain more mobile users by making Office available on the iPad, but also removes a major incentive to buying its own competing Surface tablet.

The rollout of Office 365 for corporations, Microsoft's core market, has already started, but the new product will not be officially launched until February 27. The new Office applications have been available to large volume business customers since December.

Microsoft estimates that 1 billion people worldwide use some part of Office and the unit that produces Office is Microsoft's most profitable, edging out the flagship Windows division for the last few years. It now accounts for more than half of Microsoft's overall profit.

Sales dipped last quarter as consumers held off in anticipation of the new Office, but analysts expects sales to ramp up again this quarter.

"Microsoft has been criticized not only for pricing, but also for not innovating Office quickly and being slow to respond to the move to the Web or to mobile," said Michael Silver, an analyst at tech research firm Gartner. "Office 2013 addresses some of the criticisms, but Microsoft still has the power to maintain its pricing levels." (Reuters)
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