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How to Create Scatter Plot in Excel

We can make a scatter plot in Excel or an xy scatter chart to assess and monitor trends and correlations between variables. This tutorial will walk all levels of excel users on the simple procedure of how to make a scatter plot in Excel.

Figure 1 – How to Create Scatter Plot

How to Create a Scatter Plot in Excel With 2 Variables

  • We will use the 2-variable data below to create a scatter plot in Excel

Figure 2 – Two Variable data to create Excel scatter plot

  • We will highlight the data range A3:B9

Figure 3 – Highlight data range to create xy scatter plot in Excel

  • We will click the Insert tab
  • For users of Excel 2010 or earlier, we will look for the Scatter group under the Insert Tab
  • For users of Excel 2013 and later, we will go to the Insert Tab and select the X and Y Scatter chart from the Charts group. In the drop-down menu, we will choose the second option.

Figure 4 – Scatter with Smooth Lines and Markers

Figure 5 – XY scatter plot in Excel

Excel Scatter Plot Axis Labels

We can label the axis of the scatter graph in Figure 5 by doing the following:


  • We will click on the scatter graph and check the Axis Titles box in the Chart Element Group


Figure 6 – Scatter plot axis labels

  • We will add the title to the X and Y axis

Figure 7 – Add title

Figure 8 – Added scatter plot axis labels

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