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Create a Simple Dot Plot in Excel

By Excel University | May 16, 2023 |

Dot plots contain a series of dots, with each dot representing a single data point. They’re straightforward, easy-to-read charts that help you see trends and find any potential outliers in your samples. Creating a dot plot in Excel can be done in only a few steps which makes them a popular choice for displaying data!…

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Excel Tips from 20 Experts

By Jeff Lenning | February 21, 2023 |

My friend John Michaloudis does an annual survey of Excel MVPs and experts and asks for their best Excel tip. He compiles the tips into an audio podcast along with show notes and related links. This is a great resource and I love sharing it every year. This year, he rounded up tips from: You’ll…

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How to Make an Excel Dynamic Chart & Keep Updates Consistent

By Excel University | September 20, 2022 |

For the purposes of this discussion, an Excel dynamic chart is a chart that automatically updates itself whenever new data rows are added. The opposite is a static chart, which won’t incorporate any new data rows added to the existing range. To be clear, when Excel creates a chart based on a range of cells,…

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How to Perform a Frequency Distribution in Excel (no formulas)

By Excel University | September 13, 2022 |

Are you a school administrator who wants to see how student test scores are distributed, or maybe an accountant who needs to analyze trends in spending or accounts receivable? If so, creating a frequency distribution in Excel is one of the easiest ways to do it!  Essentially, frequency distributions come in handy whenever you need…

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Bar Chart Target Markers

By Jeff Lenning | November 14, 2018 |

Using target markers in a bar chart to compare a value (such as actual sales) to a target (such as budget or forecast) provides a clean display. As with anything in Excel, there are several ways to build such a chart. In this post, we’ll walk through a technique that does not require any calculated…

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Dynamic Chart Title with Slicers

By Jeff Lenning | November 7, 2018 |

Here’s the situation. We have created a PivotTable and related PivotChart, and, since we are nice, we have also provided a Slicer so that the user can easily make selections. But, we’d like the report titles to dynamically update based on the selections made. As with anything in Excel, there are multiple ways to accomplish…

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Bullet Graphs in Excel

By Jeff Lenning | October 27, 2014 |

I recently picked up a copy of Stephen Few’s outstanding book Information Dashboard Design. First of all…wow! If your reports include any type of chart or graph, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this incredible resource. Stephen developed a graph called a Bullet Graph, and in this post, I’ll walk through…

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