Dot Paper Excel Template
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This is a type of cartesian coordinate grid system using dots, instead of grid lines. You can use this graph paper as you would use graph paper with grid lines - the difference is a less prominent background.
1 Dot Per Inch Portrait
Graph paper at 1 dot per inch scale in portrait orientation.
1 Dot Per Inch Landscape
Graph paper at 1 dot per inch scale in landscape orientation.
2 Dots Per Inch Portrait
Graph paper at 2 dots per inch scale in portrait orientation.
2 Dots Per Inch Landscape
Graph paper at 2 dots per inch scale in landscape orientation.
4 Dots Per Inch Portrait
Graph paper at 4 dots per inch scale in portrait orientation.
4 Dots Per Inch Landscape
Graph paper at 4 dots per inch scale in landscape orientation.
Using The Template
Personalize and Print
Add a personal touch! Each worksheet has a built-in header. Use the header to include information, such as name, title, and date.
If you prefer to draw by hand, just hit print - each tab is configured to print in its appropriate orientation type.
Handwriting and Creativity
As our technology becomes more advanced, handwriting is quickly becoming a lost art. To keep it alive, teach your young ones the art of writing by hand. Print out the dot graph paper and use the dots to make neat, handwritten notes by keeping the letters inside the dot grid. Practicing this type of writing may spark other creativity, as well as promote a slower, less hectic, way of doing things.
Idea: Make a neat to-do list by drawing boxes through the dots.
Dot graph paper is also useful for engaging young adults in writing mathematics, suggests blogger, Nick Higham.
Image credit: Nick Higham
Working in Excel
Drawing and Importing Shapes
You may choose to work with the graph paper in Excel. For example, linear objects can be inserted to help with plots and drawings. To use linear objects, select “Illustrations”, and then select “Shapes”, under the “Insert” menu. This gives you the option to include lines or shapes with greater precision by using the graph.
Example. Insert linear objects and shapes.
For example, you can easily create shapes with precise measurements by inserting lines and then using the lines to connect the dots into a shape.
Traditional shapes like cubes can be selected from the “Basic Shapes” menu, inserted into the graph, and then be made to fit into the grid by expanding or collapsing the shape. To fit the shape to the dots on grid, click on any corner circle outlining the shape and drag.
Create Basic Charts and Graphs
You can create a line chart using dot graph paper the same way you would using a graph paper with grid lines. First, create a Y-axis and X-axis. This can be done by drawing a border line for the Y-axis and another for the X-axis, and then numbering the axis.
Under “Home” menu, select “Borders”, then “Line Style”, and you’re ready to draw a line.
Example. Number the Y-axis and X-axis by manually entering numbers in increments of your choice.
To plot coordinates, pick a shape from the “Insert” menu to represent each coordinate and then use the labeled axis to plot out each coordinate. Next, use the same menu to insert a line to link the coordinates.
Example. A line chart with plot points created using “Insert” menu.
Create External Labels
Time to go outside the box – literally! As an example, for purposes of working with customized coordinates, you can create labels outside of the predetermined dot grid in any worksheet in this template. Simply insert a row (at the top of the grid) and a column (on the left side of the grid). Then, manually input numbers, letter, or a combination of the two.
Example. Numerical labels created outside of dot grid by inserting a row and a column.
Add Some Color
You might be wondering why all the dots disappear if you try to change the background color with the “Fill Color” tool. This is because the dot grid in our Excel template is configured using a checker pattern of black and white cells. Below is an example of the pattern when cells are expanded.
If you must have a different color dot grid, there is a way! First, highlight all cells and use the “Fill Color” tool to choose a color.
Next, use your mouse or keyboard to find any “dot” cell that is covered in a different color. Fill that hidden dot cell with black color using the Fill Color tool. Finally, copy and paste the remaining dots to recreate the dot grid pattern. Copying and pasting shouldn’t take long once you have one row completed.
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