How to create dynamic, combo and line charts in Google Docs?

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Google the industry giant, whose job is to make our lives easier by creating cutting-edge applications and technologies. One of them is Google Docs, a distant cousin of Office but with three times better functionality. Maybe you already knew, but you definitely didn't know that you can create dynamic, combo and line charts in Google docs.

As you read, with this application we can add graphics of all kinds, since it adapts almost completely to the needs of its user, giving him complete creative freedom . It is designed for professionals, teachers, students and everyone in general, so the level of its graphics is high.



      What is this app?

      It is really very easy to use the application, but first nobody likes a little introduction what it is. Then you can start looking at how to make charts dynamic , combined and linear in Google Docs as easily as downloading images from a Google Chrome web page.

      Basically it is an alternative to installing Microsoft Office online in Windows 10 , in which you can create documents, slides and spreadsheets, with the difference that you do them from your browser, which can be any, and you save them in the cloud, so if your computer or device gets damaged your files will be safe.

      It has three thousand times more advantages than the office, as it allows you to share documents online, so that other people can edit them wherever they are. In addition, all changes made are automatically saved.

      Out of curiosity Google docs is no longer its official name, since 2012 it has been changed to Google drive , when the company of the same name merged the Docs system with Drive (the latter is the one that stores data in the cloud).



      Create pivot, combo and line charts in Google Docs

      Now, if that's what you came for, the first thing to start creating the graphics you want is to open the Google drive. Once inside go to the top left where there is a button that says "New", you press it and a window will appear where you can choose what to do, scroll through documents or, as is the case, a spreadsheet.

      Without a doubt, this benefit of a program is one of the best products, tools, and services Google has to offer. The user will never be alone with Google.

      Once chosen, another tab will open with the sheet. Here is the time to add the data to use. When we've already done that, you need to fade or highlight the columns that go into the chart, as a shortcut, just click on the headers of each column to select all.

      It is best to select all because this graph that will be created it is automatically updated whenever you add something new to each column.

      Then and finally to create dynamic, combo and line charts in Google Docs, go to the options bar at the top and click on the "Insert" option, here the window will appear where you can choose the type of chart you want.

      Choose the correct format

      Once you have inserted your graphic, it's just a matter of editing, you can choose the format you want, as they are fully customizable, they can be dynamic, linear or combined, as well as being able to place the shapes and colors you want.



      Tabs that will allow you to edit appear once the chart is inserted (it's best to edit as you work). However, Google Docs is so intuitive that it has a section called " Recommendations ", if you click there it will analyze the data entered in the sheet and chart, then recommend the most suitable template.


      If none of the recommendations are to your liking, or you simply prefer to do it yourself, select the menu “Chart Types” and here you choose the one that looks best to you. Finally, to edit even more to your liking, right click on the graph and select " advanced edition" , here you can change the name, add color, among other very useful variations offered by the application.


      As you can see, creating dynamic, combo and line charts in Google Docs is very simple and the interface is so comfortable that you will feel like a pro (if you aren't already, of course) and if you are, then welcome to the future.

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