Excel | Advanced charts exercise | Choc Treats - Stacked Picture Series Charts

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Software ==> Excel  (151 exercises)
Version ==> Excel 2016 and later
Topic ==> Advanced charts  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Subject ==> Excel training
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Open the file contained within the folder name shown above.

Click within the data and press CTRL + A to select all the data, followed by F11 to create a quick chart of the data.

Use the Switch Row/Colum button to switch around the way Excel plots the data, so that you create the following chart:

Chart before adding pictures

We want to make this chart more interesting by adding some stacked picture series.

Click on the "Pics" sheet tab where the pictures are stored and select the Mars Bar photo and press CTRL + C to copy this.

Return to the chart sheet and click on one of the Mars Bars series bars (which selects them both) and press CTRL + V to past the picture onto the bars:

Pasting a picture onto a chart series bar

Initially, Excel "stretches" the picture - we need to change the setting to Stack and Scale.

Right click on the Mars bar picture and and choose Format Data Series... 

Stacked fill

Choose to edit the Fill properties. Change the setting from Stretch to Stack and Scale with a setting of about 0.1 (your figures are in percent) units/picture as shown here.


Repeat this for each of the different chocolate treats -this should result in a chart similar to this:

Stacked Series Picture Charts

The pictures won't work for every chart you create!

Change the Sheet tab to Chart with Stacked Pics.

Use Save As... to save the file in your own new Excel work folder.

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