3D Bar Charts

Click the Graphs | Create | Bar | 3D Vertical Bar Chart or the Graphs | Create | Bar | 3D Horizontal Bar Chart command to display data as 3D bars drawn from a base value to the Y 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 Y values.

Click the 3D Vertical Bar Chart or 3D Horizontal Bar Chart buttons to create 3D bar charts from 2 variables.


3D XYY Bar Chart
This is an example of a
3D bar chart.


The bars can be displayed vertically or horizontally. The bar chart discussion assumes a horizontal bar chart; reverse the X and Y for a vertical bar chart. To create bars based on a group of X values, use the histogram instead.

Creating a New 3D Bar Chart

To create a 3D bar chart:

  1. Click the Home | New Graph | Bar | 3D Vertical Bar Chart or the Home | New Graph | Bar | 3D Horizontal 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 3D bar chart is created using the default properties.

Editing 3D Bar Chart Properties

To change the features of a 3D bar chart, including the columns used to create the chart, first select the chart in the plot window or Object Manager and then edit its properties in the Property Manager. Click the following tabs in the Property Manager to change different properties:


Data Limits

Error Bars





Bar Groups

See Also

2D Bar Chart

3D XYZ Bar Chart

2D Polar Bar Chart

Bar Chart Data Files

Free Rotate

3D Settings

Standard Axes

Add Additional Axes

Duplicate Axes

Add Plots


Multi-Graph Legends

Graph Title

Creating Multiple Graphs on a Page

Graph Wizard