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Access 2010 Order Months on Bar Charts

Posted on 2013-11-22
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Hello,

I am doing a monthly summary report in Access. The Bar chart it produces orders the month names alphabetically, so they are not in order. I can get the month number in order, but would like the chart to have the month name.bar chart with alphabetical order of months

So how can I get the months (names)  in chronological order on the chart?
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 500 total points
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use a query to formulate the data source of your graph
in the query, create a column Format(DateField,"mm") and use this for sorting
to be specific about date ranges, you include the year  Format(DateField,"yyyymm")


upload a copy of the db, if you find this difficult to follow
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Thanks for your answer, I'm still a few days away from testing it out. Just overwhelmed with other stuff at work at the moment.

Your suggestion is pretty much what I tried, but I found that access would ignore the sort order of the query for the order of the months and go alphabetical. My query sums all the "complaints" by month and then I want to plot the totals by month. So the field choices are the count (good), the month numeric (good) and the month name. When I choose the month name as the categories for the bars, it forces the alphabetical choice even though the source table is sorted by the numerical value of month. Does your suggestion get around this?
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<Does your suggestion get around this? > yes.
if that doesn't work for you, then there is something that is not right.
upload a copy of the db so i can see why it is not working.
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It works.

Thanks,

Bruce
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