need a particular column chart in Excel

Posted on 2014-02-14
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Last Modified: 2014-02-17
I attached a simple Excel file with two columns of data: dates and scores.

How can I create a column chart like this: http://peltiertech.com/images/2009-10/stackchartlabels02.png

where each column (A, B, C, etc...) is a quarter of year and the 3 colors are respectively:
- blue: the number of items with score < 3
- red: the number of items with score = 3
- green: the number of items with score > 3

Question by:lucavilla
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Harry Lee earned 2000 total points
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Is this what you want?

If it is, you can use this as a chart template.

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Wow.  Just invert Date <-> Class  and it's what I needed!

- how did you set the dates as quarters?
- how can I rename the legend texts?
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by:Harry Lee
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To invert the date and class, right click on the chart and choose Select Data.

In the Select Data Source window, click the center button Switch Row/Column.

To answer your questions,

#1 Grouping Date as Quarters is a feature of Pivot Table. I first use the Pivot Table to create a summary of the data. Put the Date into the Pivot Table AXIS (Category), Count of Score in to the Values, and Class into the Legend (Series). After that, you will have a long table listing out all the dates. Now, right click on the any of the dates and select Group. In the Grouping window, select Quarters.

There are many other grouping to choose. Like, Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Months, Quarters, and Years.

#2 To rename the Legends, instead of doing it in the chart, you do it in the Pivot Table. (The light blue colored table on above the chart.

Besides any calculated fields, you can pretty much change any of the fields by selecting it and use F2 to edit them.

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