Using two axes in the one chart

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Sometimes you want to show several axes in one chart in order to demonstrate each data series with different formatting and with different axis in one chart.
Chart with several axis in Excel 2003

For example, if you have two indicators (e.g., volume and price), which you want to see in one chart:

Data range in Excel 2003

To create the chart for this data, follow these steps:

   1.   Select the data range (in this example - volume in A4:C12).

   2.   Choose Insert -> Chart... to open the Chart Wizard dialog box:

Chart Wizard in Excel 2003

   2.1.   Choose the Column type, the Clustered Column sub-type and then click Next >.

   2.2.   In the Step 2 of Chart Wizard check the data and click Next >.

   2.3.   In the Step 3 of Chart Wizard, in the Titles tab, enter the chart title, in the Gridlines tab, clear the Major gridlines checkbox, hide the legend in the Legend tab, and then click Next >.

   2.4.   In the Step 4 of Chart Wizard, click the Finish button:

Chart in Excel 2003

   3.   Excel use primary axis in charts, to change which axis - primary or secondary - can uses for the data series, do the following:

  • Right-click in the second (price) data series, in the popup menu select Format Data Series... to open the Format Data Series dialog box.
  • On the Axis tab, choose the Secondary Axis checkbox.
    Format Data Series in Excel 2003

   4.   To change a format type of the second data series, right-click in the second (price) data series and choose Chart Type...:

Chart Type in Excel 2003

You can choose another chart type, for example, a line.

   5.   Modify the secondary axis and the chart.

How to add next data series with another axis, see Combining several charts into one chart.

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