Populate a Line Graph in Excel

Hello, looking for some help on populating a line chart that shows the trends for the full year.  I attached a sample workbook with just the first three months of data.  On sheet 4 in cell A2 there is a drop down list that is populated by the names from the worksheet "Members"  When a name is selected in the drop down list I need to populate a line chart that shows how many pushups he did each month from Jan-Dec, the data would be in Column L.  Need the Chart title to say Pushups and the bottom label to represent each month.  Some months will be blank or not filled in yet.  Any help would be appreciated.
Book3.xlsx
macone1976Incident ResponderAsked:
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Tj aCommented:
Do you want something like this?
Book3.xlsx

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macone1976Incident ResponderAuthor Commented:
Yes, that is similiar to what I am looking for.
Tj aCommented:
Ok, Are there any changes you'd like made to that file?

Also, all you have to do is edit the table array range in the vlookup formula to include the size of your data table when you add more names and data to each month tab.
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SANTABABYSoftware ProfessionalCommented:
Try the attached sample.
SampleLineChart.xlsx
macone1976Incident ResponderAuthor Commented:
Takunda, nope no other changes
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Hello,

I see that you have a sheet for each month. This is not very good spreadsheet design and you will need complicated formulas to summarize data across all sheets. Also, what happens at the end of the year?

I suggest you have one sheet for data entry. Use the current structure and enter all data in that sheet. You already have a Date column. Excel provides over a million rows. That should be sufficient to capture a few workouts and vitals.

With all the data on one sheet you can easily build tables that summarize the data and dynamic charts. Or better yet, use Excel's built-in tools. Without using any formula, you can create a pivot chart with a few clicks. Group the dates by month. Then insert a slicer to select the name from the list.

In the attached file, find the Pivot chart sheet all set up. See all three people across all three months of data, or click a name in the slicer to filter the chart.

No formulas were harmed in creating this chart or the pivot table. See screenshot and attached file

2015-05-20-9-23-36.png(Of course you can also have a line chart instead of the column chart.)
cheers, teylyn
GymStats.xlsx
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