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When you chart a range of dates that are not consecutive, Microsoft Excel may fill in the missing dates to make the range consecutive.
Microsoft Excel 2000, Microsoft Excel 2002, and Microsoft Office Excel 2003To resolve this behavior, format the axis to be a category axis instead of a time-scale axis. To do this, use one of the following methods.
Method 1If you entered data on the worksheet but did not yet create the chart, follow these steps:
Method 2If you already created the chart, follow these steps:
Microsoft Office Excel 2007To resolve this behavior, format the axis to be a text axis instead of a date axis. To do this, follow these steps:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Excel automatically uses a time-scale axis if it detects that you have worksheet data that contains date number formatting in the first column or first row of source data for the chart, depending on the dimensions of your source data.
The time-scale axis is a special type of category axis that is organized by date. The time-scale axis in the chart displays the dates in chronological order even if the dates are not in that order on the worksheet.
The scaling of the time-scale axis is determined by an algorithm that Excel uses on the range of dates in the axis. The base unit is calculated by scanning through the series of points and by finding the smallest time difference between two date values in the range. This time difference then becomes the base unit for the time-scale axis.