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Creating a 2 axis chart in excel

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#1 Katrina



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:29 PM

I'm trying to create a chart that has 2 axes; one on the left and one of the right.


I have attached my data.


Attached File  sales forecast.xlsx   13.78KB   364 downloads



I want the Salespeople column to be on a separate axis to the Sales column and for Sales to be shown as a line chart instead of a bar chart.  Can you tell me how to do this?

#2 Jonathan


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:40 PM

Hi Katrina,


For in-depth instructions of how to create charts with 2 axis, see Essential Skills Lesson 5-23: Create a chart with two vertical axes.


Here's a synopsis of how to do this with your chart:

  1. Right-click on one of the blue bars and click Format Data Series.

    A dialog will appear.
  2. In the dialog that appears, select Secondary Axis.

    A new axis will appear on the right of the chart, plotting the values of your Salespeople on duty.
  3. Right-click on one of the blue bars again and click Change Series Chart Type.

    A dialog will appear.
  4. In the dialog that appears, set the Chart Type of the Sales column to Line.

If you have difficulty following these steps, refer to Essential Skills Lesson 5-23: Create a chart with two vertical axes.


I have attached a copy of your spreadsheet with the modified chart.


Attached File  sales forecast.xlsx   13.98KB   320 downloads


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