Before you create your dynamic chart, you must first prepare your data. To create a dynamic chart, you must have data that is formatted consistently. This means that each row represents a data point, and each column represents a data series.
For example, if you want to create a chart that shows the sales of your products over the past year, your data might look like this:
With your data ready, you can now create a chart. To create a chart in Excel, select your data and click on the “Insert” tab on the ribbon. From there, select the type of chart that you want to create. For example, if you want to create a line chart that shows the sales of your products over time, select the “Line” chart type.
Once you have selected your chart type, Excel will create a chart for you. However, this chart is not dynamic yet. It will not update automatically when you add new data or when the data changes.
To make your chart dynamic, you need to use the “OFFSET” function in Excel. The OFFSET function allows you to retrieve data from a specified range of cells. You can use this function to create a dynamic range of data that includes new data that you add to your spreadsheet.
To create a dynamic range for your data, follow these steps:
This formula creates a dynamic range of cells that includes all of the data in your spreadsheet.
Next, you need to update your chart to use your dynamic range. To do this, follow these steps:
This formula tells Excel to use the first row of data in your dynamic range as the category labels for your chart.
Now your chart is dynamic. It will update automatically whenever you add new data to your spreadsheet.
To make your chart more interactive, you can add a dropdown list that allows users to select which data series they want to display on the chart. To do this, follow these steps:
For example, if your data series are in cells A14:A16, enter “A14:A16” in the “Source” box.
Next, you need to update your chart to use the selected data series. To do this, follow these steps:
This formula uses the selected data series from your dropdown list as the name for your data series.
This formula creates a dynamic range that includes only the data for the selected data series.
Now your chart is even more dynamic and interactive. Users can use the dropdown list to select which data series they want to display on the chart.
Creating dynamic charts in Excel is a powerful feature that can help you create charts that are easy to understand and presentable. By using the “OFFSET” function and creating a dynamic range of data, you can create charts that update automatically whenever you add new data to your spreadsheet. By adding interactivity, such as a dropdown list, you can create charts that are even more powerful and informative. Now that you know how to create dynamic charts in Excel, you can use this feature to enhance your charts and present your data in a more visually appealing and informative way.