Fill plotted boxes with colour on an Excel chart

Hi Experts,

Please see the attached Excel chart.

Is it possibly to fill the three plotted boxes with colour?

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Carol ChisholmCommented:
You could get them to have different coloured lines if you made them into three series. but I can't see how to fill them as they are not boxes
DColinAuthor Commented:
Can I plot them as boxes then?
Carol ChisholmCommented:
See answer to your other post.
And perhaps this.

But you might just be best to get a drawing package. Excel is a spreadsheet.
Google Sketchup of something like that
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Excel charts don't work that way.

Excel has column charts, line charts, area charts, XY scatter charts. But there is no built-in chart that creates floating rectangles that overlap each other.

Jon Peltier has done some work on Marimekko charts, where the width of a column can vary, but I don' think that is a fit for your scenario.

Also:  How would you expect these floating rectangles' fill colours to behave on overlaps? If Green overlaps Purple, what should that color be? In any case, Excel does NOT have a means to plot this.

So, the only answer to your question is :

It can't be done.

cheers, teylyn
Ejgil HedegaardCommented:
Making the chart with a number of lines next to each other makes the chart look as boxes.
The front colour will be the last drawn "box" colour.

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