how to make area chart go vertically from current value to 0?

Posted on 2014-03-12
Last Modified: 2014-03-16
hi guys, i'm using an area chart and i would like the value to go from 50 to 0 in a vertical drop, not 50 then slide down to 0 over the span of an interval. how can i do this?

perhaps this is better illustrated in this picture below.excel area chartGraphs.xlsx
Question by:developingprogrammer
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Rgonzo1971 earned 250 total points
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You can do it by using Named Range

See rngInitiation


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for reference

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by:Harry Lee
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There is a small error on your dynamic range formula.

Have to change from

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to lock the reference range of D3; otherwise, it will keep hopping all over the place.

Try to download your own uploaded file and see what had happened to the graph. The dynamic range reference is hopping all over the place and the graph keeps getting strange ranges and will not show proper series.
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Rgonzo1971 earned 250 total points
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@Harry Lee

Tks sometimes I forget to correct due to my localization

What do you mean by hopping all over the place? When I downloaded the file it was OK.

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by:Harry Lee
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When you have a unlocked Offset reference in Named Range, the reference range will keep changing depends on where your active cell (the cursor) is, when you open the Name Manager or refresh the chart.

I think it's a bug of Excel but I'm not so sure.

When I download the file and open with Excel, the content looks like the attached image.

The cursor is at C30, and the Named Range formula is like

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When I move to cursor to Y12, and open the Name Manager window again, the formula will change to

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(Please See the attached Word Document.)

That's what I mean by hopping all over the place. The only way to prevent it happening is to lock the offset range using $.

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Hi Rgonzo and Harry, thanks for your help! and apologies for the slow reply.

i've used the offset formula before for graphs but i put it in a separate table and i only used it to offset a fixed sized cell range - i've not used it before to expand and contract the cell range. this is my first time doing so and definitely i've learnt = )

i was thinking that if i could once again expand and contract the range in a separate table on the worksheet that may be easier as i can see the values instead of using a named range, but then i realised that the graph needs to be set to either a range of cells or a named range as you shared, and only a named range can have its size expanded and contracted like you showed. so definitely named ranges are the only way to go for solving this problem.

thanks once again guys, very much appreciated!

P.S. and thanks Harry for pointing out the locking of the reference cell = )

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