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I do not want to show data in chart that is "0" (zero)

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#1 dave.l



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:05 AM

When I create a chart from data, I do not want anything with a "0" (zero) value to be graphed.  How can I get the chart not to show it?

#2 Jonathan


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 01:48 PM

Hi Dave,


The easiest way to do this is to first apply a filter to your data that will exclude all of the zero values and then create a chart based on your filtered data.

Filters are covered in Expert Skills Lesson 1-3: Apply a simple filter to a range.

This is the easiest way to hide zero values from a chart.


If the cells are actually blank (rather than containing a zero), you can do this in a more graceful way.

You can change how charts handle blank values more gracefully by selecting the chart and clicking Chart Tools > Design > Select Data > Hidden and Empty Cells.




This dialog allows you to choose whether blank cells will be shown as gaps, zeroes, or ignored completely.

For a more complete walkthrough of this, see Essential Skills Lesson 5-17: Deal with empty data points.


Note that this will only work if the cells are blank. Cells containing a zero value will not be ignored.


I hope this information is useful.  If you need any more help with this, please feel free to reply to this post.

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