Using Microsoft Graph

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 29, 2015)

Microsoft Graph is a simple graphing program provided with Word. It includes the ability to view your graph data in both spreadsheet and graph formats. The graphs you create can be inserted directly into your documents. Microsoft Graph is not as full-featured as Excel, but it does allow you to quickly add graphical information without the need of using Excel.

If your document already has a Microsoft Graph chart in it, you can access the program by double-clicking the chart. If you want to insert a new chart, display the Insert tab of the ribbon. Click the Object tool in the Text group. Word displays the Object dialog box. Choose the Microsoft Graph Chart object type and click on OK.

If you have a need to work with Microsoft Graph quite a bit, you may want to add the Insert Chart tool to the Quick Access toolbar. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Word Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Customize. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Customize area of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. Using the Choose Commands From drop-down list, choose Insert Tab.
  5. From the list of available commands, choose Insert Chart.
  6. Click the Add button. The Insert Chart command moves to the right side of the dialog box.
  7. Click OK. The command is now available on the Quick Access toolbar.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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