Creating Master and Scrolled Detail charts

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When you create a chart with a scroll bar, it will be useful to create a chart with all data to see which data fragment you see in the scrolling chart.
Scrolled details chart in Excel 365
Master Scrolling charts in Excel 365

To create charts like these (sales data for the week for three months), do the following:

Step I: Create a chart with a scroll bar

See Creating a Scrolling chart).

Step II: Create a chart with total data

   1.   Select the data (in this example, B2:C94).

   2.   On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Insert Line or Area Chart button:

Line charts in Excel 365

Choose Line:

Line chart in Excel 365

   3.   Move the chart so that it was placed under the chart with a scroll bar.

Step III: Add additional data

   1.   Add the next column to your data (in this example, C3:C94) and enter the following formula in the first cell:

= IF (AND (ROW (B3) >= $E$2 + ROW ($B$2), ROW (B3) - $E$2 < 7 + ROW ($B$2)), C3, 0).

   2.   Copy this formula down to the other cells.

Step IV: Add a shaded box on the chart with a total data

   1.   Select the additional data (in this example, D2:D94), press Ctrl+C to copy the range. Select the bottom chart and press Ctrl+V to paste a new series to the chart:

Scrolled area chart in Excel 365

   2.   Select the second data series and do one of the following:

  • On the Chart Design tab, in the Type group, click the Change Chart Type button:
    Type in Excel 365
  • Right-click on the selection and select Change Series Chart Type... in the popup menu:
    Change Series Chart Type popup in Excel 365

   3.   In the Change Chart Type dialog box, choose the Area chart type for Series2:

Area chart in Excel 365

   4.   Click the area chart to select the second series. On the Chart Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, choose Shape Fill and select a color to make the shaded box:

Shape Styles group in Excel 365

See also this tip in French: Comment créer des graphiques de défilement principal et détaillés.

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