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 2007

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

Data range in Excel 2007

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

   1.   Create the chart with several data series:

First way:

   a)   Select the first data range (in this example - volume in A4:B12).

   b)   On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, choose the Column button:

Charts in Excel 2007

Choose Clustered Column. Modify this chart:

Volume Chart in Excel 2007

   c)   Right-click in the chart area, in the popup menu select Select Data... to open the Select Data Source dialog box:

Add data series in Excel 2007

Click the Add button.

   d)   In the Edit Series dialog box, select the second data range (in this example B14:B20):

Edit Series in Excel 2007

Second way:

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

   b)   On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, choose the Column button and choose Clustered Column. Modify this chart with two data series.

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

Change Series Chart Type in Excel 2007

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

   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:
    Format Data Series in Excel 2007
  • Choose the Secondary Axis checkbox.

   4.   To customize the secondary axis, on the Layout tab, in the Axes group, choose the Axes button, then in the Secondary Vertical Axis list, choose More Secondary Vertical Axis Options...:

Secondary Vertical Axis Options in Excel 2007

Change other parameters for the secondary axis:

Format Axis in Excel 2007

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

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