Excel Functions

Excel Basics

16.1 Importing Data from Text Files into Excel 15.4 Dynamic Formulas by Using Excel Data Validation Techniques 15.3 Adding a Custom Excel Data Validation Error 15.2 Excel Decimal Data Validation 15.1 Creating an Excel Data Validation List 14.6 Excel Function: SUBTOTAL() 14.5 Excel Function: DCOUNT() 14.4 Excel Function: DAVERAGE() 14.3 Excel DSUM Function with AND Criteria 14.2 Excel DSUM Function with OR Criteria 14.1 Excel DSUM Function Single Criteria 13.9 Removing Duplicates in Excel 13.8 Using Conditional Formatting to Find Duplicates 13.7 Format a List as a Table 13.6 Creating Subtotals in a List 13.5 Filter an Excel List Using the AutoFilter Tool 13.4 Using Custom Sorts in an Excel List 13.3 Sorting a List Using Multi-Level Sorts 13.2 Sorting a List Using Single Level Sort 13.1 Understanding Excel List Structure 10.4. Creating a Custom Template 10.3. Opening an Existing Template 10.1. Intro to Excel Templates 9.4 Printing a Specific Range of Cells 9.3 Adding Header and Footer Content 9.2. Changing the Margins, Scaling and Orientation 9.1. Viewing your Document in Print Preview 8.6. Working with Excel Pie Charts 8.5. Moving a Chart to another Worksheet 8.4. Formatting an Excel Chart 8.3. Adding and Modifying Data on an Excel Chart 8.2. Working with the Excel Chart Ribbon 8.1. Creating an Excel Column Chart 7.4. Working with Excel SmartArt 7.3 Formatting Excel Shapes 7.2 Inserting Shapes In Excel 7.1 Inserting Images and Shapes into an Excel Worksheet 6.9. Using Conditional Formatting 6.8. Merging and Centering Cells 6.7. Creating Styles to Format Data 6.6. Using Excel’s Format Painter 6.5. Formatting Percentages 6.4. Formatting Data as Currency Values 6.3. Adding Borders to Cells 6.2. Changing the Background Color of a Cell 6.1 Working with Font Formatting Commands 5.7 Moving and Copying an Excel Worksheet 5.6. Deleting an Excel Worksheet 5.5 Renaming an Excel Worksheet 5.4 Hiding and Unhiding Excel Rows and Columns 5.3. Changing the Width and Height of Cells 5.2. Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns 5.1 Moving and Copying Data in an Excel Worksheet 4.9 Using the AutoFill Command to Copy Formulas 4.8 Excel’s AutoSum Shortcut Key 4.7 Using the AutoSum Command 4.6 Adjacent Cells Error in Excel Calculations 4.5 Working with the COUNT() Function 4.4 Working with the AVERAGE() Function 4.3 Working with the MIN() and MAX() Functions 4.2 Working with the SUM() Function – Excel 4.1 The structure of an Excel Function 3.7 Understanding the Order of Operation 3.6 Relative Versus Absolute Cell References in Formulas 3.5 Creating Basic Formulas in Excel 3.4 Working with Cell References 3.3 Entering Date Values in Excel 3.2 Working with Numeric Data in Excel 3.1 Entering Text to Create Spreadsheet Titles 2.10 Common Excel Shortcut Keys 2.9 Opening an Existing Excel Document 2.8 Saving an Excel Document 2.7 Understanding the Structure of an Excel Workbook 2.6 More on the Excel Interface 2.5 Customizing the Excel Quick Access Toolbar 2.4 Introduction to the Excel Interface 2.2 Microsoft Excel Startup Screen 2.1 Opening Microsoft Excel

8.1. Creating an Excel Column Chart

Welcome to the next section of this Excel for Beginners book, during this section we are going to talk about our simple little spreadsheet here, something that is a bunch of numbers and tags and turning it into something much more graphical. We are going to talk about charts.

Now I am going to take you through a couple of different types of charts.

The first one we are going to see right here is the more common type of chart, a popular type of chart called the clustered column chart. Later-on, we are going to take-a-look at working with pie charts.

Just quickly I want to be able to compare, and contrast between these two different extremes of charts.

So first a clustered column perhaps my favorite of all the different charts, It is a very versatile chart and can handle larger amounts of data.

This is how you create a chart within Microsoft Excel.

So, my first step I want to be able to take my little spreadsheet and I am still using the same sample file. I want to take this and make it more graphical and glance. The whole purpose here creating a chart of what my users at a glance to be able to relate to the data and more easily compare Perhaps compared different months to one another or different bills to each other where did I spend the most, which month that I spent in the most.

Well this is simple little bars just with different heights in the bars. It is going to be much easier to capture and identify that data as opposed to thrown out a bunch of numbers at my audience.

So my first step I have got to highlight the data that I want to chart so in my case the first go round, I am going to select from A3 down to D8,  I am going to get my bills and my three months bill amounts.

Creating an Excel Column Chart 1

Once I have that data selected, I am then going to go up to my Insert tab top of my screen, I am going to go about halfway through and I got charts, I mean I grab the column chart here and I am going to get the first one to the clustered column chart, select that and I have now got this fancy little chart that took those numbers just that raw text in the background and created something much more impactful and accessible at a glance.

Creating an Excel Column Chart 2

What do you think what is drawing your attention what assumptions can you make here just by looking at these different bars. Well right away for me I am looking at it and thinking holy cow those big blue bars are blowing everything else away, What is that?

So, it is drawing my attention, I can see those orange and blue ones, Well those are pretty low What are those all about, Well that is my phone and gas. Well then again, at a glance, I can start to make these snap judgments and really start to compare information, So much more graphical approach to our data.

Now my chart is big, and it is covering all my data right now.

I am going to move it, Just left click someplace empty and drag it down below you know places down below my data.

So, creating a chart simple just highlight the data that you want to chart.

Try it out. Build yourself a simple little chart to really illustrate visually what your data looks like.