Chart Layout

The default, basic chart layout is shown in the following figure.

The different parts of a chart include:

  • Outer frame. Frame around all of the elements. Resizing the outer frame resizes everything in the chart except text. You can also think of the outer frame as the chart frame.
  • Text. Text appears in different parts of a chart. It can be in a separate text box, as is the title (Count of Employment Category by Gende). Sometimes it is anchored to another chart element, such as axis titles (Count and Employment Category) and tick labels (Clerical, Custodial, and Manager). There are also annotations that you can move around in the data frame. You can edit existing text, and you can insert text by adding a text box, title, footnote, or annotation.
  • Data frame. Frame around the axis titles, axis labels, and data. When you resize the data frame, the Chart Editor resizes the data and changes the amount of space allocated to the text within the data frame. The Chart Editor does not change the font size.
  • Inner frame. The part of the chart that displays the actual data. Within the inner frame are the bars, lines, pies, data markers (points), annotations, and any other elements that help you to understand and present your data (such as interpolation lines). As a group, bars, lines, pies, and data markers are referred to as graphic elements.
  • Legend frame. Frame around the legend (Gender). Legend frames include swatches and labels that help you to interpret the chart. You can move and resize legend frames.