How To Make a Line Graph in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a powerful office tool. Not only is Microsoft Word capable of rendering text applications but graphical data as well. Follow the steps in this article to be able to make a line graph in Microsoft Word 2002 and make that report more professional looking.

Pull together all of the needed data for your line graph in Microsoft Word.
Of course, you will have to assemble all of your data for this line graph in Microsoft Word. Let's say for example that you need to create a line graph representing your monthly food expenses from January 2009 through December 2009.

Open a Microsoft Word document from your personal computer.
Have a Microsoft Word document opened on your personal computer. If you want to make a line graph in an already existing Microsoft Word document, then open the pertinent file. Do so by accessing the folder you have previously saved it in and click on the document title twice. If you want a new Microsoft Word document, then open one by clicking on the green Start button found at the bottom left corner of the screen. Direct your mouse pointer to All Programs from the pop up menu that appears. From the secondary menu that pops up, select Microsoft Word from the items listed and click on it once for a new document to be pulled up.

Start the process of adding a line graph in Microsoft Word.
To make a line graph in Microsoft Word, first click on the fourth tab entitled Insert. This tab can be found at the topmost portion of the Microsoft Word screen. Once you click on Insert, a dropdown menu will appear. Highlight and click on the item Object from the menu. Now, the Object dialog box should appear on your computer screen. Go to the Object type: section and select Microsoft Graph Chart by highlighting it and clicking on the OK button afterwards. A bar graph should have now popped up on your Microsoft Word document. Now, you will need to convert this bar graph into a line graph. To do so, right-click on the bar graph for a menu to appear. Select the option Chart Type. Now, the Chart Type dialog box should have appeared on your screen. Go to the Chart type: section and highlight Line and then click on OK.

Now that you have a line graph in Microsoft Word, all you need to do is to input all of your collected data into the datasheet provided. You will notice that Microsoft Word will render the values into the line graph right after you key them into the datasheet.


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