Excel Charts - Combo Chart


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Combo charts combine two or more chart types to make the data easy to understand. Shown with a secondary axis, this chart is even easier to read.

You can use Combo charts when

  • The numbers in your data vary widely from data series to data series, or

  • You have mixed type of data (for example, price and volume).

You can plot one or more data series on a secondary vertical (Value) axis. The scale of the secondary vertical axis shows the values for the associated data series. Follow the steps to insert a Combo chart in your worksheet.

Step 1 − Arrange the data in columns and rows on the worksheet.

Step 2 − Select the data.

Step 3 − On the INSERT tab, in the Charts group, click the Combo chart icon on the Ribbon

Insert Combo Chart

You will see the different types of available Combo charts.

A Combo chart has the following sub-types −

  • Clustered Column – Line
  • Clustered Column – Line on Secondary Axis
  • Stacked Area – Clustered Column
  • Custom Combination
Types of Combo Chart

Step 4 − Point your mouse on each of the icons. A preview of that chart type will be shown on the worksheet.

Preview Combo Chart

Step 5 − Double-click the chart type that suits your data.

In this chapter, you will understand when each of the Combo chart types is useful.

Clustered Column – Line

Clustered Column–Line chart is used to highlight the different types of information. Clustered Column – Line chart combines a Clustered Column and Line chart, showing some data series as columns and others as lines in the same chart.

Clustered Column – Line

You can use the Clustered Column – Line Chart when you have mixed type of data.

Clustered Column – Line on Secondary Axis

Clustered Column – Line on Secondary Axis charts are used to highlight different types of information. The scale of the secondary vertical axis shows the values for the associated data series.

The Clustered Column – Line on the secondary axis chart combines a clustered column and a line chart, showing some data series as columns and others as lines in the same chart.

A secondary axis works well in a chart that shows a combination of column and line charts.

Clustered Column – Line on Secondary Axis

You can use the Clustered Column – Line on Secondary Axis charts when −

  • The range of values in the chart varies widely
  • You have mixed types of data

Stacked Area – Clustered Column

The Stacked Area − Clustered Column charts are used to highlight the different types of information. The scale of the secondary vertical axis shows the values for the associated data series.

Stacked Area − Clustered Column chart combines a Stacked Area and a Clustered Column in the same chart.

Stacked Area – Clustered Column

You can use the Stacked Area – Clustered Column charts when you have mixed types of data.

Custom Combo Chart

You can create a Combo chart that is customized by you.

Step 1 − Select the data on your worksheet.

Step 2 − On the INSERT tab, in the Charts group, click the Combo chart icon on the Ribbon

Custom Combo Chart

Step 3 − Click Create Custom Combo chart. A ‘Insert Chart’ window appears. In the left pane, Combo chart type is highlighted. For Custom Combination, a dialog box appears.

Create Custom Combo

Step 4 − Select a chart type for each of the series.

Step 5 − If you want, you can move the axis of any series to the secondary axis by checking the box.

Step 6 − When you are satisfied with a custom combination, click OK.

Your customized combo chart will be displayed.



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