EXCEL spreadsheets... Graphs and Automating! VB?

Posted on 2004-10-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-17
I have over three hundred graphs that I need to create from an EXCEL spreadsheet.
They're pretty complex with four series in each graph.
How can I automate this task?
Question by:hbojorquezgeek

    Expert Comment

    I'm not familiar with any of the methods, but i know its possible to do this with EXCEL 2003 and COM.  I know this won't win me any points, but I hope it gets you in the right direction.
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    Expert Comment

    First step is to enable VBA and then do one time.

    It means when you do it, automatically VBA code will be generated.

    So just that VBA code.
    Modifiy it accordingly that it becomes generic.

    Then you can just put a loop where you pull the data from one point, insert into those automation code, then save those excel sheets.

    Funda stuff.

    Are you listen...? Reply me. So then we can discuss further

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    Accepted Solution

    Hi SuperCableMan,
    creating the chart shouldn't be a problem. setting the sourcedata range of each chart will be the tricky part. How is the data organised in your sheet? are they is some kind of order?
    The following code assumes that your sheet1 has data in A1:D50. first chart's source will be A1:D5 the next chart A6:D10 and so on...

    Sub AddChart()
    Dim chtChart As Chart
    For i = 1 To 50 Step 5
    Set chtChart = Charts.Add
    With chtChart
    .Name = "chart" & i
    .ChartType = xlColumnClustered
    .SetSourceData Source:=Sheets("Sheet1").Range("A" & i & ":D" & i + 4), PlotBy:=xlRows
    .HasTitle = True
    .ChartTitle.Text = "chart" & 1
    .Axes(xlCategory, xlPrimary).HasTitle = True
    .Axes(xlCategory, xlPrimary).AxisTitle.Characters.Text = "Month"
    .Axes(xlValue, xlPrimary).HasTitle = True
    .Axes(xlValue, xlPrimary).AxisTitle.Characters.Text = "Sales"
    End With
    Next i
    End Sub

    btw to use the code open your workbook hit alt+f11, this opens the vbe window. here select module form the insert menu and paste the code below. close the vbe window, back in xl, hit alt+f8 select AddChart and click on run. 50 charts will be created using the data A1:D50

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    Expert Comment

    >>50 charts will be created using the data A1:D50
    that should have been
    10 charts will be created using the data A1:D50

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