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I am trying to design a mattrix for shelving, so that I could easily locate where a certain item is on a particular shelve, rack and the place in the rack.
So if I have a 4 foot shelve, x 2 feet deep and 2 feet high.
And if each box is 6 inches square (for ease of this problem),this would mean
I could 8 boxes placed on the horizontal shelve that is 4 feet long.
+ 3 more boxes (the first box is counted as the horizontal) behind the first box of 6 inches, and 3 more boxes stacked high (as the height is 2 feet)
I would like to tabulate a 3-D type of table, so that I would know which box is placed where.
Eg. : If had marked boxes B1 thru B9
then B1 will occupy the first spot on the horizontal line of 4 feet.
B2 will occupy the spot behind B1, and
B3 will occupy the spot on the top of B1.
Is there a way of drawing a 3-D table to give me an effect like what I have in mind.  
Thank u.
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Other than Charts.... Excel doesn't offer a solution for a 3d Axis (that I am aware of).

Can you break your problem up in to 3 distinct 2 dimensional representations instead?

for example...

on one "row" for a shelf... you have 8 boxes wide, 3 boxes tall.  (a 8x3 grid)

is it acceptable to just represent this with three 8x3 grids to accomodate the entire "depth" of the shelf?
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In response to buttersk, u mentioned Charts.  Hope u can elaborate with a sample of how it is done.
It will be ideal to have the depth too, all in one.  Your 8x3 gives me an idea, but would u be able to implement the depth too.  Even a chart too will work, as it is just to record the locations for physical identification.  Thank u.
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I just meant charts is the only "3d" style of representation in excel... but it is not really 3D...it is just a 3d representation of a 2 axis or 2 dimensional set of data.

like when you have a bar chart... but the bars are represented in 3d...  that does not give you the capability to implement another axis that would include depth.
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Excellent suggestion.  thank u
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