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# Excel 2000 - Chart creation

Posted on 2011-03-01
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Dear Experts,

I do not have too much experience creating charts, could you please check the attached file, it contains daily percentage of sellings.

Could you please advise how to do a line diagram, which would show
- column A so the Date days on the X axis
- colum C so the Type of cars would be the series
- column G so the Percent should be the values

Somehow the wizard takes different categories automatically, briefly I would just need the 25 days on X, showing the percentages for 9 cars daily

thanks,
ChartExample.xls
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Hello,

I'm not quite sure what the pivot chart wizard in Excel 2000 can do as opposed to the currently supported MS Excel versions.

I've created the attached with Excel 2003. Drag the Date to the X axis, the Type to the Series and the Percent to the data area. Then use the filter drop down to unselect the "Total" series. Your data has totals interspersed with line items, so you want to make sure not to plot them.

The result is not pretty. It's not a chart that a reader "gets" with one look. There are too many series and the data results in an irritating criss-cross.

Golden rule #1: Before you start creating a chart, define the message you want to get across. What should the reader be able to see in the chart?

Once you define that, the chart can be created to display that.

cheers, teylyn
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Teylyn thanks, so the key is that basically creating rather a pivot to see clear the categories and data, and doing a chart from it.

Yes I know still need to think it through in which format would be more readable, this solutions is okay for me

thanks very much,
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