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Drawing Graphs in QuickBooks QuickTip

Fast and Simple or Fancy and High-Tech QuickBooks Graphs

QuickBooks has two options you can select regarding how your graphs look when working in QuickBooks, as follows:

Draw Graphs in 2D (faster). While three-dimensional graphs can be pretty, a two-dimensional graph takes much less time to draw on your screen. Choosing to show your graphs in two dimensions instead of three doesn’t impair your ability to see trends at a glance; it’s just not as “high-tech.”  If you don’t select this option, QuickBooks will draw your graphs in three dimensions.

Choose Use Patterns to draw the various elements in your graphs with black-and-white patterns instead of colors. For example, one pie wedge may be striped, another speckled. This is handy if you print your graphs to a black-and-white printer. Leaving this box unchecked tells QuickBooks to display colors rather than patterns when you look at graphs.

To give QuickBooks instructions about creating your graphs:

  1. Choose Edit | Preferences from the QuickBooks menu bar.
  2. Click the Reports & Graphs icon on the left pane and click the My Preferences tab.
  3. In the Graphs Only section, select or deselect the appropriate check boxes.
  4. Click OK to save.
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