IC210 Drawing with ExcelYou can use Excel to plot points for you. The
folowing will show you how to take the output of a simple program and
cut-and-paste it into Excel, and then plot the points defined in the output
using Excel's charting features. The general format is to list points, one per
line, with the x-coordinate followed by a tab followed by the y-coordinate.
Points on consecutive lines are connected by segments. If a blank line comes
between consecutive points, they will not be connected by a segment.
The following program produces output which we can cut and paste into Excel
to produce a plot of a triangle and it's "bounding box":
using namespace std;
// triangle coordinates
cout << 5.5 << '\t' << 2.7 << endl
<< 3.2 << '\t' << 6.5 << endl
<< 4.0 << '\t' << 8.1 << endl
<< 5.5 << '\t' << 2.7 << endl;
// separate triangle from box
cout << endl;
// box coordinates
cout << 3.2 << '\t' << 2.7 << endl
<< 5.5 << '\t' << 2.7 << endl
<< 5.5 << '\t' << 8.1 << endl
<< 3.2 << '\t' << 8.1 << endl
<< 3.2 << '\t' << 2.7 << endl;
If you compile and run this program, it'll print out:
Highlight this text in the window,
right click and choose Edit and Copy to copy the text. We'll
want to use this information in Excel.
Start Excel and open a new workbook. We'll paste our data into Excel and use
it to plot the figures outlined by the above points.
- To paste, right-click on the top left cell and choose Paste
Special. Choose to paste this in as text.
- Because we got one column of data instead of two, click on the little
clipboard icon that's hanging out below the text you just pasted in and choose
the Use Text Import Wizard... option.
- Click on Finish
- Make sure all your data is highlighted, and click on the Chart icon on the
Excel toolbar. Choose XY (Scatter) as the Chart type, and click on
the Chart sub-type that connects points with lines. Click Finish.
- When all's said and done, you should get a picture like this:
Christopher W BrownLast
modified: Wed Aug 18 10:35:47 EDT 2004