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I have a large data set with several years of daily data which I would like to plot.   The data is all in one column, but involves 15 different data sets one on top of another.   I know the starting and ending rows for each data set and I can also get a legend for each.   I would like to set up a graph so I could pick with data set to plot (using either a pulldown, or referencing the starting and ending row, and title information automatically.   Can you explain how to set up the graph so it plots a time series graph for the data set I want so that I don't have to do each one manually?   By manually I mean having to go into "source data" and change the parameters one at a time.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Try this sheet. You need to change the colored cells

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Dynamic-graph.xlsx
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Having trouble seeing the graph.  Also -- is there no way to to reference the original data without having to copy it out?
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This one is using the original data.

But I do not understand why you have trouble seeing the graph

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Copy-of-Dynamic-graph.xlsx
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Sorry for not getting back - I was  on vacation for the week.

However - I still cannot see a line on the graph.  - just a blank graph with axes and a legend.
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It surprises me why you cannot see the graph. What version of Excel are you using? Can you send a screen shot of what you see when you open the file?

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It beats me why you are unable to see the graph. I have downloaded the file from other computers and have no problem viewing the graph on 2007.
 As I see it

I have now attached the same file saved in 2003 format. See what happens with this file. Also try to fix the scales mannually. X-axis 0 to 20; y-axis 30005 to 30030.

Copy-of-Dynamic-graph.xls
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Also try the following

Click on the outer edge of the chart and see if it highlights the range of values in columns A and B.

Check the named ranged from the name manager under formulas tab.

Press F5 and type "xrang" and press ok and see if the range is selected. Do the same for "yrang".
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Sorry I took so long to get back.  The followup requires me to do more work than I currently have time for. But its time to finish this up
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Yes please pay the 500 points
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