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#1 TeachtheKids

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:08 PM

I can't figure out how to match up the data to the correct bar on the chart.  Example:  I have 9 percents that were figured out on my worksheet from comparing 3 countries and they are in columns.  When I try to make a basic chart Excel displays 3 sets of 3 bars in 3 matching colors.  This is what I want except I want to group the rows not the columns in the chart.  Please help, it seems simple but I can't figure it out.  Thank you



#2 Jonathan

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:08 PM

The simplest way to do this is to select the chart and click: Chart Tools > Design > Data > Switch Row/Column (Chart Tools will appear on the ribbon when you click the chart). This will switch the values that are shown in the legend with the values in the X axis.

 

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For a more detailed explanation of this, take a look at this video: Essential Skills Lesson 5-13: Understand Data Series and Categories.  This video lesson will also show you how to change chart backgrounds.

 

This setting can also be changed by right-clicking on the chart, clicking Select Data Source from the shortcut menu and then clicking Switch Row/Column from the dialog that appears.  For more information about this method and about changing the data sources of charts, watch this video lesson: Essential Skills Lesson 5-11: Change a chart's source data.

 

I hope this information is helpful.  Please reply if you're still having difficulty with this.


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