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Excel 2010 How can I change a chart's x-axis labeling?

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I select a column of data (33 items) and create a simple 2D column chart from it. The x-axis number is 1..33 but I want it to be 0..32. If I right-click the x-axis labels I get a "Format Axis" menu but no ability to start the label at zero.

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Ed
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Right click on the chart and choose "format Axis".
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Martin -

Been there a dozen times - where/how do I change the starting value from 1 to 0?

Thanks

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Hello,

if you don't specify the X axis labels from a cell range, Excel will number the categories, starting at 1, like in the top chart of the screenshot.  If you want to have labels that start with 0, then enter the numbers into the sheet and select that range as the X axis labels.

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Right-click on the axis and then choose "Select Data".
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ProfessorJimJam, this is the second post within a few minutes where you post a blind link to an add-in, without providing any further information. In both cases the tool will not do what the asker is after. Please don't just post a link. Explain how to use the tool.
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Martin -

Thanks - that got it !!
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You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

In my profile you'll find links to some articles I've written that may interest you.
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Ed, what was wrong with my answer?
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Teylyn,

Maybe nothing was wrong. I was never able to find the "Axis Labels" form you provided. I've only been playing Excel / VBA for about 6 weeks so without details for getting from pt A to pt B, I'm kind of lost.

Anyway, I tried what you suggested and I couldn't get it to work, Martin's answer only took me 2 or 3 tries to find and effect the needed change.

I do very much appreciate your efforts. I'll talk with you more of the y-axis side!

- Ed
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