# Sort Data in a Bar Chart

I have a bar chart where I want to show how many people answered a question with possible answers A, B, C, D. I can use a table to generate this in excel.
``````
A	B	C	D
1	15	15	10	10
2	20	20	5	5
3	5	15	20	10
4	7	3	30	10
5	10	13	7	20
6	20	5	5	20
7	15	10	10	15
8	15	8	5	22
9	10	5	25	10
10	3	10	5	30
``````
Is there any way to sort the order of the displayed results such that if B is the "Correct" answer that it will be the first result so the row has B, A, C, D etc.
Basically I want to push the correct total to the front.
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Finance AnalystCommented:
One option would be to use a separate data table for the graph, ordering the columns in the correct order.

The data table would be formula driven:

G     H
1      B
2  1    =vlookup(\$G2,\$A\$1:\$E\$12,MATCH(H\$1,\$A\$1:\$E\$1,0),FALSE)
3  2
4  3

This would lookup the value of column 1 (1 - 10) and match the value in row 1 (A - D) in the table. If the column "Headers" are then in the relevant order, the data will effectively be sorted for the graph.

If you upload a sample, I can put it in place in a sample.

Thanks
Rob H
Finance AnalystCommented:
Sample was easy to copy from question.

See attached. Change headers in H1:K1.

Thanks
Rob H
Sort-Chart.xls
Author Commented:
Sorry. I don't think I was clear. There is the possibility that any of the 4 letters is the correct answer and if so I'd like to get it to the beginning of the bar chart. Not sure if this is possible in Excel.
Finance AnalystCommented:
Put the letters in the required order across the top and the relevant scores will be displayed in the formula table below, thus putting the scores in the "correct" order.

By beginning of the bar chart, I assume you mean the series that starts at zero; the furthest left.

Rob H
Finance AnalystCommented:
Ahhh!  Do you mean that the correct answer for each question could be different and thus needing the correct answer for each question to be first and not all questions as a whole??

I think that's still possible but you would need a correct answer for each question specified somewhere.

See attached.
Sort-Chart.xls

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