Speaking With Charts in Excel 2007/2010 

By the end of the course, you will be confident in creating, formatting charts, including pie , bar and line charts. Delegates must be confident in using Windows and a mouse and at least one other Windows package (for example Word or Excel).

Available for Private and Tailored group events

This course is run privately for groups or 1-2-1 Coaching sessions

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Course Location

Happy London, Aldgate or at your premises.

Course Requirements

Delegates must be confident in using Windows and a mouse and at least one other Windows package (for example Word or Excel).

What You Will Learn

In particular you will be able to:

  • Change the chart type of an existing chart
  • Add a new data series to a chart after the chart has been created
  • Add Chart titles so the reader know what they are looking at
  • Add Gridlines to make it easier to read the values
  • Add Data labels to place the names and values to each data series
  • Use Pie charts to show the proportion of a single data value.
  • Decide when you should use Line and Area charts
  • Use XY scatter charts to show the relationship between 2 or series of data
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Session 1

Charts: Using Charts; Chart components; Chart Types; Creating Charts in Excel: Charts with Chart Wizard; Moving & Resizing Charts; Changing the Data Source; Changing the Plot direction; Changing the location of the Chart.

Session 2

Formatting Charts: Changing background Colours; Adding Chart Titles; Formatting Text objects; Advance Chart Features: Changing Axis; Formatting Gridlines; Adding Data Labels; Adding a Secondary Axis; Adding a Trendline; User-defined Charts.

Session 3

Pie Charts & Doughnut Charts: Using, creating and exploding Pie Charts; Creating Doughnut Charts
Bar & Column Charts: Using and creating Bar and Column Charts, Stacked Bar Charts; Variations in Column and Bar Charts
Line & Area Charts: Using and creating Line and Area Charts; Summarising Data in months; Using Stacked Line Chart to determine the total; Changing the Data Series order in Area charts.

Session 4

Scatter & Bubble Charts: Creating a Simple Scatter and Bubble Chart; Creating a Multiple XY Chart; Formatting the Bubbles
Interactive Charts with Lists and Pivot Charts: Using and creating Lists; Creating a Chart from a List; Using and creating Pivot Tables; Looking at Reports; Changing the Layout; Creating a Pivot Chart Report; Creating a Filtered Pivot Chart.


The course will run from 10am to 4:45pm (light cold buffet 1pm to 1:45pm). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.


We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please just get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Your Course Trainers

Darren Andrews

Darren Andrews

Darren manages the IT helpline, as well as training almost every IT course on the Happy computers programme. He has been with Happy for nearly 9 years.

Ed Lepre

Ed Lepre

Ed is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has worked at Happy for over 12 years. Although he trains the full suite of MS Office and non-Office packages at all levels, his favourite package is Excel. A previous winner of the prestigious Learning and Performance Institute's 'Learning Professional of the Year' award, as well as other training accolades, he is also the IT Helpline Manager.

Rachael Worral

Rachael Worral

Rachael is the Happy Computers Product Development Manager, as well as being our lead IT trainer. She is responsible for making sure all our courses are of the highest quality.