Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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