Change colors, patterns, lines, fills, and borders in charts

Use this procedure to change colors, apply a texture or pattern, or change the line width or border style for data markers, the chart area, the plot area, gridlines, axes, and tick marks in 2-D and 3-D charts, trendlines and error bars in 2-D charts, and the walls and floor in 3-D charts.

  1. Double-click the chart item you want to change.

  2. If necessary, click the Patterns tab, and then select the options you want.

    To specify a fill effect, click Fill Effects, and then select the options you want on the Gradient, Texture, or Pattern tabs.

Note: Formatting applied to an axis is also applied to the tick marks on that axis. Gridlines are formatted independently of axes.

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