Horizontal Bar Charts and Vertical Bar Charts

Click the Home | New Graph | Bar | Horizontal Bar Chart or Home | New Graph | Bar | Vertical Bar Chart command to display data as bars drawn from a base value to a data value. If more than one variable is used (multiple Y values for each X value), the bars can be stacked on top of one another or they can be adjacent to each other. When adjacent bars are used the values are plotted side by side. When stacked bars are used the total height of the stacked bars is equal to the sum of the data values. The bars can be oriented vertically or horizontally. The bar chart discussion assumes a vertical bar chart.

Click the Horizontal Bar Chart or Vertical Bar Chart button to create a horizontal or vertical bar chart.

 

2D Bar Chart

Vertical bar charts show data values as bars from the base line to the data point.

Horizontal bar charts show data values as bars from the base line to the data point.

 

To create bars based on a frequency of values within a bin, use the histogram instead.

 

Creating a New Horizontal or Vertical Bar Chart

To create a bar chart:

  1. Click the Home | New Graph | Bar | Horizontal Bar Chart or Home | New Graph | Bar | Vertical Bar Chart command.

  2. Select a data file in the Open Worksheet dialog. You can select a new data file or you can select an open data file in the Open worksheets section.

  3. Click the Open button. A bar chart is created using the default properties.

 

Editing Bar Chart Properties

To change the features of a bar chart— including the columns used to create the chart— first select the bar chart in the plot window or Object Manager and then edit its properties in the Property Manager.

 

Click the following tabs in the Property Managerto change different properties:

Plot

Data Limits

Error Bars

Labels

Symbol

Line

Fill

Bar Groups

 

 

See Also

Bar Chart Data Files

3D XYY Bar Chart

3D XYZ Bar Chart

2D Polar Bar Chart

Standard Axes

Add Additional Axes

Add Plots

Duplicate Axes

Legends

Multi-Graph Legends

Graph Title

Creating Multiple Graphs on a Page

List Worksheets

Graph Wizard