Excel bar chart

hi there.

I'm no idiot in IT but having left it years ago and come back to Excel now i just need to draw a simple bar chart.

But no.

Wizards have taken over.

Nearly given up. I'm going to use a ruler and pencil like in school. Vs millions of CPU cycles to produce a ..


Any tips for those returning to Excel after more than 5 years?

Many thanks
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Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Here are couple of links with screenshot to set you going in this..

1. Bar Graph 1

2Bar Graph 2

Katie PierceCommented:
You don't have to use a wizard.  I generally just go to the Insert tab, then under the Charts section, select the bar chart icon. Right click and choose Select Data.

I tend to ignore the Chart Data Range field at the top and instead build it manually using the two bottom sections.  Your Y-axis data series will go in the lefthand section, just click Add.  The data to populate the X-axis will go in the righthand section.
xeniumAuthor Commented:
Thanks. let me explain the chart:

stacked bar chart

months along the x axis ( a single column bins the months)
a single column bins the items to stack
a single column has the quantity to add up

Maybe i need to pivot the data first ? so the chart data is summed correctly for display. hmm i think that is the issue. or can charts do it automatically?
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Katie PierceCommented:
Yeah, if I were you, I'd pivot the data, then have the chart look to that.  To my knowledge, you can't calculate within a chart.

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Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
If you have multiple values and you want to group by 1 then use pivot table as pivot tables will group your multiple values in 1..However if you don't want to group them then use normal charts.. In additional if you can make interactive charts..then you can make pivot chart which will be interactive in nature and you can play around with the same..

xeniumAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your feedback.
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