Most of us use chart formatting options to change the way grid-lines, data series, labels, axis, titles, plot areas look. Chart formatting is one of the areas where people spend most time.
Today I want to teach you a quick productivity hack to speed up chart formatting.
In excel 2007 and above, when you click on a chart item (for eg. grid lines) and open the format dialog, you need not close the dialog to format another item like axis. You can just click on the axis and the formatting dialog changes automatically.
See the below illustration.
I have launched the formatting dialog from “data series”, but see how I can instantly switch to formatting grid-lines, axes, titles.
Bonus tip: You can launch the chart formatting dialog by pressing CTRL+1.