Axes
Straight lines on a chart that provide a framework for measurement and reference. The x-axis is used to display label items, and the y-axis shows values or facts, for example, measurable items such as units and amounts.

Y-axis = vertical
X-axis = horizontal

Values
Graphic indicators that represent data. Bar charts display values in either vertical, stacked, or horizontal bars, whereas pie charts use wedge-shaped slices to represent values, and line and area charts use lines.

Plot/Chart area
The area bounded by the axes is called the plot or chart area. In the case of the pie chart, the plot/chart area is defined by a circle representing the sum of all data items.

Legend
An information box containing colour-keyed labels used to identify different data values represented on a chart.

Gridlines
Straight horizontal and vertical lines arranged in increments that provide calibrated guidelines.

Bar
A linear measure of a value used in bar charts.

Slice
A spatial measure of a value used in pie charts.

Chart title
Text description related to the entire chart.

Y-axis label
Text description of the vertical quantity axis.

Y-axis values
Numbers which indicate specific values along the y-axis.

X-axis label
Text description of the horizontal quantity axis.

X-axis values
Text or numbers which indicate specific values along the x-axis.

Pie slice
Individual y-axis value representation for current x-axis item.

Tooltip
Displays as an informational text box when hovering over a value.

Begin series at zero
You can toggle this option to 'off' if your data values along the y-axis don't begin at 0. This works well with some area charts:

Vary Colours by Point
This option is available for all types of bar charts. If the chart only uses one series, selecting this option will vary the colours for each bar.

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