Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Using Graphics to Represent Data Series.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 17, 2016)
Excel is great at creating all sorts of charts from your data. You can even customize the charts to your heart's content. One of the customizations you can make is to replace the regular bars (in a bar chart) with your own graphics. For instance, you might have a small graphic of a house that you want to use for the bars. This could be great if you wanted to used "stacked" houses to represent, for instance, housing starts in an area.
To use your own graphics in place of Excel's built-in bars, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Patterns tab of the Format Data Series dialog box.
Figure 2. The Picture tab from the Fill Effects dialog box.
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