Changing the Orientation of Your Chart

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 5, 2018)

When you first work with information in Microsoft Graph, the information in the datasheet is plotted by row. Thus, each row represents a piece of data in your series. This is fine for some data, but you may want to look at information plotted by column, instead. To change the orientation of your chart, simply specify how you want to look at the data using options in the Data menu:

  • If you want your data plotted by row, choose Series in Rows.
  • If you want your data plotted by column, choose Series in Columns.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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