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To create a T chart in Google Docs:
The T chart is a convenient graphic organizer in Google Docs that helps to organize the information into two columns. It is usually used for contrast and comparison of two items side by side in a ‘T’ shaped table, for example, books, characters, ideas, etc. Google Docs makes it really easy to insert a T chart. This post presents how to make a T chart in Google Docs.
Inserting a T chart in Google Docs is straightforward. But you might need some help if you’ve never done it before. Follow the quick steps below:
You can now edit the left and right headers to the top row of the T chart. These labels define the information that is compared or contrasted in the columns below.
Then you can proceed to enter the other information in the cells. Additionally, you can resize the rows and columns depending on the information you need to insert into them.
You can also use this general T chart template for Google Docs if you need to create multiple tables at once. Additionally, many other resources on the net offer pre-made T chart templates you can download for different purposes.
The double-column T chart can also be expanded to present three items, although it deviates from the original ‘T’ shape.
These T charts are often used in education for record-keeping or teaching.
T charts are a tabular form of presenting data that visualizes the data clearly and understandably in order to evaluate the pros and cons, before and after, then and now.
Most commonly, people use them for:
After presenting the purpose of a T chart, let’s see some concrete situations where you could use a T chart in Google Docs.
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Now that you know how to create a T chart in Google Docs and know the benefits and use, you also need to learn the limitations of the T chart to have the complete picture.
Some of the limitations you may experience when using a T chart are:
However, if you have a more complex data set or more data points and you need a more advanced chart, Google Docs offers four different types of charts you can choose from:
You can find these charts in Google Docs in ‘Insert’ > ‘Chart’ tab. There’s also the option to import a chart from Google Sheets.
To edit a chart, select it, click on the drop-down menu in the top right corner, and select ‘Open source’. When Google Sheets opens, enter the information you want to have in the chart. When you are done editing, go back to Google Docs and click ‘Update’ next to the drop-down menu.
If you found this article interesting, you might also like to learn how to make and use a Google Docs journal template.