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How do I create a 3-D column chart in reverse? Meaning I know what I want it to look like and show, but don't know how to start with data first

Solved by G. E. in 59 mins

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Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 08:40

Hi…Welcome to Got It Pro

User
20/08/2018 - 08:40

What I mean is that I do not know how to put the data so that my table turns out how I visualize it

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 08:40

Can you share the raw data and an image of how you want your chart to look like?

User
20/08/2018 - 08:41

One sec

User
20/08/2018 - 08:42

I need to visually compare income from his accounts individually with a grand total against income from my recommendations with a grand total

User
20/08/2018 - 08:48

There's the data

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 08:49

Please tell me which are the data points that you want to plot from this data.

User
20/08/2018 - 08:49

All of the dollar amounts

User
20/08/2018 - 08:50

Really everything, because I want the labels too

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 08:50

And you want comparison of each head, is that correct?

User
20/08/2018 - 08:50

Yes

User
20/08/2018 - 08:51

A3 vs A7, et

User
20/08/2018 - 08:51

c

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 08:51

ok..let me create the graph for you

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 08:54

Is there a specific reason you want only 3D column chart?

User
20/08/2018 - 08:54

No

User
20/08/2018 - 08:54

I don't need that

User
20/08/2018 - 08:54

Whatever you think is best

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 08:54

ok

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:02

Are you looking at the chart I just created?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:03

Yes, does not look like what I had in mind

User
20/08/2018 - 09:03

But getting there

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:03

If we include Totals, the other columns shrinks because Totals has a much higher value.

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:04

We can also do all Current on one side and Proposed on the other. But since you said you needed to compare I did this.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:04

What about 3D?

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:05

Let me send you in excel as this is missing 3D chart.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:06

Thx

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:08

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:09

3D chart doesn't look suitable though for this data.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:09

Agreed

User
20/08/2018 - 09:10

Any ideas?

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:11

Normal column chart looks good.

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:12

But if we remove the Totals series, it will look more appealing

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:12

Let me send you 2 versions and you can check them out.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:12

Thx

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:13

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:13

The one on the right is without the Totals.

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:14

Does that work?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:15

Is it possible to make each column have two colors?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:16

For example, on the ordinary income blue column, could that one column be separated into two types of money (before-tax) and (after-tax) and be separated with two different colors?

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:16

Are you saying you want one column to represent Current and proposed?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:17

No

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:17

No, that is not possible.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:18

3-D stacked column

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:18

The chart that you are referring is Stacked column and if we do that the Current & Proposed will not stay separate.

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:20

Please see the chart in google sheet.

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:20

That's a 3D stacked column.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:21

What was the other column called? Where it had proposed/current seperate?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:21

And it's impossible to do both at the same time?

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:21

clustered column

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:22

In one chart, we cannot have this 2 chart types.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:23

Is it possible to make the numbers on the left (100000, 200000, 300000, etc.) have dollar signs?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:24

So it would look like $100,000 $200,000 $300,000 etc.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:24

Awesome

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:25

Is there anything else I can help you with this query?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:26

Do we have flexibility with the stacked columns? For instance can we have Ordinary Income, with before tax/after tax. And then have Capital Gains, with regular/pref?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:26

Does that make sense?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:27

And is there any way to change the thickness of the columns?

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:28

Thickness can be changed.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:28

How is that done?

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:31

Here is google sheet its at the optimal thickness so we can't change.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:32

Can you give me a download link for what's on the google sheet?

User
20/08/2018 - 09:32

For excel.

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:32

But in excel, you can right click on the column and Format data series, then under Series options you can increase or decrease the gap width

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:33

Please go to File > Download As > MS excel

User
20/08/2018 - 09:34

Thanks. Also, how would I add more categories? I.e. another color.

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:35

Again right click on the chart, Select Data and then you can add series by selecting the appropriate data range.

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:35

You can see those now when you do Select data, similarly you can select the additional series.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:36

So could I add 2 more series, and have certain columns only have the old two (proposed proj. & current proj.) and have some columns with the new ones?

Excelchat Expert
20/08/2018 - 09:37

Yes, you can.

User
20/08/2018 - 09:38

With ordinary income, it shows a red at the top of the column even though it shows $0 data. Why is that?

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