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Category: Charts

Chart is a graphical representation of data. Microsoft Office Excel has comprehensive built in chart types that are used to illustrate numeric data, functions or some kinds of qualitative structure and more in graphical form.

How to create simple in-cell histogram in Excel

To create a simple in-cell histogram, you can use a formula based on the REPT function. This can be handy when you have straightforward data, and want to avoid the complexity of a separate chart. Formula =REPT(barchar,value/100) Explanation In the example shown, the formula is: =REPT(CHAR(110),C11/100) How this formula works The REPT function simply repeats values. For example, this formula…

Excel Bar Chart

A bar chart is the horizontal version of a column chart. Use a bar chart if you have large text labels. To create a bar chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:B6. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Column symbol. 3. Click Clustered Bar. Result:  

Excel Pie Chart

Pie charts are used to display the contribution of each value (slice) to a total (pie). Pie charts always use one data series. To create a pie chart of the 2017 data series, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:D2. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Pie symbol. 3. Click Pie. Result: 4. Click on the…

Excel Line Chart

Line charts are used to display trends over time. Use a line chart if you have text labels, dates or a few numeric labels on the horizontal axis. Use a scatter chart (XY chart) to show scientific XY data. To create a line chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:D7. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the…

How To Create Pareto Chart in Excel

This chapter teaches you how to create a Pareto Chart in Excel. The Pareto principle states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In this example, we will see that roughly 80% of the complaints come from 20% of the complaint types. To create a Pareto chart in Excel 2016, execute the following steps. 1. Select…

Everything about Charts in Excel

Learn all about how to Create a Chart, Change Chart Type, Switch Row/Column , Legend Position and  Data Labels A simple chart in Excel can say more than a sheet full of numbers. As you’ll see, creating charts is very easy. Create a Chart To create a line chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:D7. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Line…

Forecast vs Trend Function in Excel

The FORECAST and TREND function give the exact same result. When you add a trendline to an Excel chart, Excel can display the equation in a chart (see below). You can use this equation to calculate future sales. Explanation: Excel uses the method of least squares to find a line that best fits the points. The R-squared value equals 0.9295, which is a good fit. The closer to…

How to Create Box and Whisker Plot in Excel

This example teaches you how to create a box and whisker plot in Excel. A box and whisker chart shows distribution of data into quartiles, highlighting the mean and outliers. The boxes may have lines extending vertically called “whiskers”. These lines indicate variability outside the upper and lower quartiles, and any point outside those lines or whiskers is considered an outlier. Simple Box…

How to Create Column Chart in Excel

Column charts are used to compare values across categories by using vertical bars. To create a column chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:A7, hold down CTRL, and select the range C1:D7. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Column symbol. 3. Click Clustered Column. Result:   Note: only if you have numeric labels,…

How to Create Gantt Chart in Excel

Illustrate Project Schedule in Gantt Chart Excel does not offer Gantt as chart type, but it’s easy to create a Gantt chart by customizing the stacked bar chart type. Below you can find our Gantt chart data. To create a Gantt chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A3:C11. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Column symbol.…

How to Create Area Chart in Excel

An area chart is a line chart with the areas below the lines filled with colors. Use a stacked area chart to display the contribution of each value to a total over time. To create an area chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:D7. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Line symbol. 3. Click…

Create Scatter Chart in Excel

Use a scatter chart (XY chart) to show scientific XY data. Scatter charts are often used to find out if there’s a relationship between variable X and Y. Straight Lines To create a scatter chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:D22. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Scatter symbol. 3. Click Scatter with Straight…

Move chart to a separate worksheet in Excel

So far we have only seen charts on the same worksheet as the source data (embedded charts). However, you can also move a chart to a separate sheet that only contains a chart (chart sheet). To move a chart to a chart sheet, execute the following steps. 1. Select the chart. 2. On the Design tab, in the Location group, click Move…

How to Create Thermometer Chart in Excel

Thermometer chart shows you how much of a goal has been achieved. This example teaches you how to create a thermometer chart in Excel. Working with sales record in the table below; To create a thermometer chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select cell B16. Note: adjacent cells should be empty. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Column…

How To Insert and Customize Sparklines in Excel

Sparklines in Excel are graphs that fit in one cell and give you information about the data. Insert Sparklines To insert sparklines, execute the following steps. 1. Select the cells where you want the sparklines to appear. In this example, we select the range G2:G4.   2. On the Insert tab, in the Sparklines group, click Line. 3. Click in the Data Range…

Error Bars in Excel

Error bars are graphical representations of the variability of data and used on graphs to indicate the error or uncertainty in a reported measurement. Excel error bars are used to display either the standard deviation, standard error, confidence intervals or the minimum and maximum values in a ranged dataset. To visualise this information, Error Bars work by drawing cap-tipped lines…

Data Series in Excel

Select Data Source Switch Row/Column Add, Edit, Remove and Move A row or column of numbers that are plotted in a chart is called a data series. You can plot one or more data series in a chart. To create a column chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:D7. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group,…

Chart Axes in Excel

Axis Type Axis Titles Axis Scale Most chart types have two axes: a horizontal axis (or x-axis) and a vertical axis (or y-axis). This example teaches you how to change the axis type, add axis titles and how to change the scale of the vertical axis. To create a column chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:B7. 2. On the Insert tab,…

How to combine 2 or more chart types in a single chart in Excel

Combination Chart: A combination chart is a chart that combines two or more chart types in a single chart. To create a combination chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range A1:C13. 2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Combo symbol. 3. Click Create Custom Combo Chart. The Insert Chart dialog box appears. 4. For the Rainy…

How to create Gauge Chart in Excel

This chapter illustrates how create a Gauge Chart. A gauge chart (or speedometer chart) combines a Doughnut chart and a Pie chart in a single chart. This is what the spreadsheet looks like.  To create a gauge chart, execute the following steps. 1. Select the range H2:I6. Note: the Donut series has 4 data points and the Pie series has 3 data points.…

How to add Trendline to a chart in Excel

The essence of adding a trendline to chart  is to show visual data trends. This example teaches you how to add a trendline to a chart in Excel. 1. Select the chart. 2. Click the + button on the right side of the chart, click the arrow next to Trendline and then click More Options.  The Format Trendline pane appears. 3. Choose a Trend/Regression type.…

How to create a Histogram in Excel

This example teaches you how to create a histogram in Excel. 1. First, enter the bin numbers (upper levels) in the range C4:C8.  2. On the Data tab, in the Analysis group, click Data Analysis. Note: can’t find the Data Analysis button? Click here to load the Analysis ToolPak add-in. 3. Select Histogram and click OK. 4. Select the range A2:A19. 5. Click in the…