Multiple Data Points in a Chart Column

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated December 17, 2022)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


Jeff creates a lot of charts to track expenditures and labor by project. He creates stacked charts that show totals, but is looking for a way to combine stacked column and clustered column charts to provide just what he needs.

The solution is found in the way you organize the data in your worksheet. In short, you should leave a blank column (or row) between major groupings of your data. When you then create the chart, the blank area translates into a blank area on the chart, which makes it appear as if you have different clusters of data.

For a complete discussion of how this can be done, refer to the links at Jon Peltier's Web site. Jon is an Excel MVP, and has a good resource that speaks to this very issue:

http://peltiertech.com/clustered-stacked-column-bar-charts/

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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