One helpful tip in improving dashboard presentation is by creating combination charts. Excel allows us to combine different chart types in one chart. This article assists all levels of Excel users on how to create a bar and line chart.

*Figure 1. Final result: **Bar and Line Graph*

**Bar Chart with Line**

There are two main steps in creating a bar and line graph in Excel. First, we insert two bar graphs. Next, we change the chart type of one graph into a line graph.

**Insert bar graphs**

- Select the cells we want to graph

* Figure 2. Selecting the cells to graph*

- Click
tab >*Insert*button >*Column**Clustered Column*

* Figure 3. Clustered Column in Insert Tab*

Two column charts or vertical bar charts will be created, one each for Quantity and %Reduction.

* Figure 4. Vertical** Bar Graph*

**Change bar graph to line graph**

We want to present %Reduction as a line graph.

- We right-click on the series “% Reduction” and select
*Change Series Chart Type*

* Figure 5. Change Series Chart Type in Menu Options*

- The
dialog box will appear. Select*Change Chart Type*>*Line**Line with Markers*

* Figure 6. Line with Markers Chart Type*

The %Reduction bar graph is now presented as a line graph. However, since the values are less than one, the line graph values are too close to the horizontal axis to be visually significant.

*Figure 7. **Bar Chart with Line*

**Display line graph scale on secondary axis**

The work-around is to plot the line graph on a secondary axis.

- Right-click the line graph and select
.*Format Data Series*

* Figure 8. Format Data Series Option*

- The
dialog box will pop-up. Tick*Format Data Series*in*Secondary Axis*.*Series Options*

* Figure 9. Secondary Axis in Series Options*

We now have a combination bar and line graph.

* Figure 10. B**ar and Line Graph** with Secondary Axis*

Next let us clean up our bar and line graph by doing the following:

- In Format Data Series, choose Marker Options > Marker Type > None
- Marker Color > Solid Line > Orange
- Delete the gridlines
- Add a chart title in Layout tab > Chart Title > Above Chart, then type “Rejects”

* Figure 11. Output:** Bar Chart with Line*

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