Bar graph in Excel - Different colors on bars  - Ecel 2007

Posted on 2012-08-23
Last Modified: 2012-08-23
I am creating a bar graph from two columns on an Excel spreadsheet.  All of the bars are the same color.  How do I create a bar graph with different colors?
Question by:morinia
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    right-click the bar series, select "Format Data Series" > Fill > Vary colors by point.

    See attached.

    Mind you that a bar chart with one series does not need different colors for the bars. In fact, it's rather counter-productive. The bar LENGTH is the message, not the bar color.

    cheers, teylyn

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