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How to Change Chart Type of a Series in Combination Chart

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SUMMARY
If you create a combination chart of the Column-Area, Line-Column, orLine-Column on 2-Axes chart types, you may want to change the number ofseries plotted on each chart type. The Chart Wizard automatically takeshalf of the series (or one more than half, if there is an odd number ofseries) and makes it one chart type on the primary axis. It then puts therest of the series as the other chart type on the secondary axis. If youwant to change a particular series to the other chart type, or if you wantto change the number of series in a particular chart type, you must editthe chart after you create it.
MORE INFORMATION
Because columns should appear side by side and areas typically appearstacked, all series that belong together must be on the same axis to appearas expected.

For example, Microsoft Excel places a column series plotted on thesecondary axis in front of a column series plotted against the primaryaxis. In many cases, the overlay series obscures or overlaps the primaryseries.

Therefore, if you want to change a series from one chart type to the otherin a combination chart, you must change both the chart type and the axisused.

Moving a Series

The following procedure describes the general steps you would use to move aseries from a column to an area, an area to a column, or a line to a columnin a combination chart.

NOTE: You must complete both step 2 and 3 to get the columns to displayproperly as a group and the areas to stack as a group, but you can completethese steps in either order.

  1. Select the chart series to move.
  2. On the Format menu, click Selected Data Series and change the axis to that of the group to which you are moving the series. Then, click OK.
  3. With the series still selected, click Chart Type on the Chart menu in Excel 97 (or the Format menu in Excel 5 or 7), and click the standard chart type (or 2-D in Excel 5 or 7) that you want the series to become. Then, click OK.
NOTE: You cannot combine 2-D and 3-D chart types. If you select a 3-D type,the entire chart will be converted rather than the individually selectedseries.

NOTE: Not all chart types should be combined. In Excel 97, if you select achart type that does not logically compare data in combination withexisting chart types, you may receive the following error message:
Some chart types cannot be combined with other chart types. Select a different chart type.
However, it is possible at times to manually create illogical combinationsof chart types (such as bars and columns, or pie and columns) withoutgetting such a warning message.

The following example illustrates the steps you would use to change aseries from a column series to an area series in a column-area chart.

Microsoft Excel 97

  1. Create a new workbook and type the following example data:
          A1:  1    B1:  6    C1:  11    D1:  16      A2:  2    B2:  7    C2:  12    D2:  17      A3:  3    B3:  8    C3:  13    D3:  18      A4:  4    B4:  9    C4:  14    D4:  19      A5:  5    B5: 10    C5:  15    D5:  20
  2. Select the range A1:D5. On the Insert menu, click Chart. Select the Custom Types tab, click Column-Area, and then click Finish.

    NOTE: The columns are made from the data in the last two series and lie in front of the stacked area chart, which is made by stacking the first two series. By default, areas of a Column-Area chart display on the primary axis and columns on the secondary axis.
  3. In the chart, select the leftmost column (series 3).
  4. On the Format menu, click Selected Data Series. Click the Axis tab and change the axis of the series from the Secondary axis to the Primary by clicking Primary Axis and then OK. This shows the selected column series on the same axis as the area chart series and in front of the other column series, rather than beside it.
  5. With the series still selected, click Chart Type on the Chart menu, and click Area as the chart type. Then, click OK. This moves the previous column series to become part the stacked area series.

Microsoft Excel 5.0 and 7.0

  1. Create a new workbook and type the following example data:
          A1:  1    B1:  6    C1:  11    D1:  16      A2:  2    B2:  7    C2:  12    D2:  17      A3:  3    B3:  8    C3:  13    D3:  18      A4:  4    B4:  9    C4:  14    D4:  19      A5:  5    B5: 10    C5:  15    D5:  20
  2. Select the range A1:D5. On the Insert menu, click Chart, and then select As New Sheet.
  3. In Step 2 of 5, click Combination, and then click Next.
  4. In Step 3 of 5, click the number 4 for the column-area chart, and then click Finish.
  5. In the chart, select the column on the left to select column series 3.
  6. On the Format menu, click Selected Data Series. Click the Axis tab and change the axis of the series from the Secondary axis to the Primary by clicking Primary Axis and then OK. This shows the selected column series on the same axis as the area chart series and in front of the other column series, rather than beside it.
  7. With the series still selected, click Chart Type on the Chart menu, and click Area as the chart type. Then, click OK. This moves the previous column series to become part the stacked area series.
REFERENCES
For more information about changing the axis of a data series, clickContents And Index on the Help menu, click the Index tab in Excel 97 Help,type the following text
charts, data series
and then double-click the selected text to go to the "plot a data seriesalong a secondary axis in a 2-D chart" topic. If you are unable to find theinformation you need, ask the Office Assistant.

For more information about changing the chart type of a data series, clickContents And Index on the Help menu, click the Index tab in Excel 97 Help,type the following text
chart types, changing
and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Select a differentchart type" topic. If you are unable to find the information you need, askthe Office Assistant.
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Article ID: 192641 - Last Review: 08/18/2005 20:20:03 - Revision: 1.3

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