Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

Shop online 24hrs a day or call us Mon-Fri
8:30AM-4:30PM EST - 1-800-915-2088
WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Chart Adjustment = Data Adjustment

Friday, April 13th, 2007 by | Filed Under: MS Excel, MS Office Help
 
Loading...


Chart Adjustment = Data Adjustment

Did you know that with some MS Excel 2D charts, you can actually adjust the chart to look as you want it and Excel will then adjust the corresponding data to match?

This could be a good tool for the “what if” situations. You know, what data value do we need to make things “look right”?

If you’ve ever asked yourself this type of question, you might want to take a look at this simple trick.

Once you’ve made your 2D chart (it doesn’t seem to work with all of them, but it certainly does with a common bar or line graph), you need to select just the data element to change.

(Click once to select the entire data range, then click again on the individual data element to select it alone).

At this point, you can use the grab handles on the chart element to adjust its value. Some grab handles will adjust and some won’t. It’s a bit of a trial and error process, but you’ll catch on with just a quick try.

Once you’ve got the chart as it needs to be, simply release the grab handle. Instantly, Excel will adjust the correct data value to match your movement.

I’m sure some of you are wondering how all this works with formulas. As in, what data is adjusted when the data is dependent on several sources?

In these cases, when you release the grab handle, the Goal Seek window will open.

Here you can tell Excel which part of the data used in the formula should be adjusted to create your new value. Give the cell location of the data in the “By changing cell” field and click OK.

There you have it. It’s super quick and easy to make adjustments to your chart and let Excel find the correct data value to match. Yes!

~ April

Leave a Reply


Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: