Chart creating not behaving as expected.

I'm trying to create a chart in Excel using scientific data.  The charts I create are not behaving as expected.  It is using all 4 columns of data for the Y axis and leaving the X axis blank.  I want it to use the first column as the X axis.  I know I can manually go in and change it, but I don't understand why.  I usually don't have to do this.  I've formatted the numbers of the 1st column to read as text, and still it won't use the first column as the X axis, or at least as a different axis from the other data.

Any clue?
Kelly LaddAsked:
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Have you tried sorting your data on first column in ascending order and then creating a chart?

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Ejgil HedegaardCommented:
Formatting as text is not enough.
Excel tries to help you, so if it look as numbers it is used as numbers, and then used as data.
Make a ' in front of the numbers, to define them as text.
Kelly LaddAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  I tried both of those things and they each worked like a charm.  Also, I found removing the column heading from the 1st column made Excel recognize that column as the X-axis.  It's nice to know there are methods for working around in case I want to use a header on the colum
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
You're welcome Kelly! Glad we could help.
Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Wrong post selected as assisted solution.
The correct one should be ID: 42518365.
Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Question resolved.
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