Bar graphs are an excellent way to visually represent data in an organized and easy-to-read format. Excel is a powerful tool that can be used to create bar graphs quickly and efficiently. In this article, we will go over the steps to make a bar graph in Excel, including the data used and the final result.
Step 1: Gather Your Data
The first step in creating a bar graph in Excel is to gather the data you want to represent. For this example, we will use a set of data that represents the sales of different products over a period of time. The data is as follows:
This data shows the sales of three different products over a three-month period. Each product has its sales data for each month.
Step 2: Enter Your Data into Excel
Once you have your data, the next step is to enter it into Excel. Open a new Excel spreadsheet, and enter the data in the same format as shown in the table above. Make sure that you enter the data accurately, as this will affect the final result.
Step 3: Highlight Your Data
To create a bar graph in Excel, you first need to highlight the data that you want to use. In this case, we want to highlight the sales data for all three products in all three months. To do this, click and drag your mouse over the data to highlight it.
Step 4: Create Your Graph
Once your data is highlighted, you can create your graph. To do this, click on the “Insert” tab at the top of the screen, and then select “Bar” from the chart options. You will see a dropdown menu with several different types of bar charts to choose from.
For this example, we will choose the “Clustered Bar” option, as this will display the data for each product side-by-side.
Step 5: Customize Your Graph
Once your graph is created, you can customize it to make it more visually appealing and easier to read. There are several ways to do this, including changing the colors of the bars, adding titles and labels, and adjusting the axis scales.
To change the colors of the bars, click on one of the bars to select it, and then right-click and select “Format Data Series” from the dropdown menu. From here, you can choose a new color for the bar by selecting the “Fill” option.
To add titles and labels, click on the chart area to select it, and then go to the “Chart Tools” tab. From here, you can add a title, as well as labels for the x and y axes.
To adjust the axis scales, click on the axis that you want to adjust, and then right-click and select “Format Axis” from the dropdown menu. From here, you can change the minimum and maximum values for the axis, as well as the interval between tick marks.
Step 6: Finalize Your Graph
Once you have customized your graph to your liking, you can finalize it by saving it and printing it out. To save your graph, simply click on the “File” tab at the top of the screen, and then select “Save As.” Choose a name and location for your file, and then click “Save.”
To print your graph, go to the “File” tab and select “Print.” From here, you can choose the printer you want to use, as well as adjust the print settings to ensure that your graph looks the way you want it to. Once you have made any necessary adjustments, click “Print” to print your graph.