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How to show both stacked bar graph with a second unstacked bar graph side-by-side in Excel?

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How do I show a stacked bar graph with a second unstacked bar graph side-by-side in Excel?  I created two separate graphs - one with stacked 3D and the other with unstacked 3D bar graph.  Now I need to combine the two and short of copying and pasting into Photoshop or some app like that, is there any way to simply create or even merge this graph in Excel?

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Question by:Mike McBride
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You want to combine the two charts on a single chart or you want to display them side by side?
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You can turn off the chart fill, border, legend, axis, etc. features in one of the charts, leaving you just with the bars. You can then drag that chart next to the other chart and position it for best effect.

You will probably need to extend the category axis on the other chart so you have room for the new bars. To do this, add an equal number of points, with the category value being a repetition of the category names and the value being 0.

The sample workbook shows the results of the above operations. I could have grouped the two charts together as the final step, but chose not to so you could see what I did with each chart.

Brad
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Hello macboy,

depending on the type of the second chart, you might be able to do it all in one, with just data layout. If the second chart type is just single columns, then you could use something like the attached.

If you want to combine a stacked chart with a clustered chart, though, it gets more complex. It can be done with a variation of Jon Peltiers approach to clustered stacked column charts here http://peltiertech.com/WordPress/clustered-stacked-column-charts/ but not in 3D. In general, avoid 3D charts. They are much harder to interpret than 2D charts.

If you need a quick fix, Brad's solution is probably the best approach.

In general, avoid 3D charts. They are much harder to interpret than 2D charts.

cheers, teylyn
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