General Directions for Formatting Graphs in MS Excel

These directions are based on MS Excel 2010, but they should help for other versions of Excel as well. In some cases, there’s more than one way to achieve a desired goal - if you know or discover a different way, great, go for it!

Some of these windows and options work slightly differently on different operating systems (especially Macs!) - you may need to explore a bit by trial and error. If you're using Excel 2013, these tips might help. With persistence, you should be able to achieve each of the changes listed below.
Here are descriptions of these options going from left to right, but saving Text Box to last (more on that later).

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