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Problem with non-contiguous Bargraph data

asked 2021-01-11 17:31:23 +0100

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updated 2021-01-11 17:37:16 +0100

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I have no problem making a bar graph when the columns are contiguous. A-Months, B-Income, C-Expenses, D-Assets. The month names are on the X-axis bottom, a currency scale is y-axis on left and i get 3 colour-coded bars for each month.

But when they are spread out on a much larger spreadsheet, problems. A4-A15 months K4-K15 income K34-K45 expenses B55-B66 assets When I Ctl-SELECT the 4 areas, the bar graph created is screwed up. I get a garbled characters on x-axis. Just Column A in Legend and 3 set of columns with 4, 5, and 5 bars in them. Those are the number of months with data.The 1st set with 4 column is Assets. The next two are Income and Expenses. The Create Bargraph wizard is reading columns in wrong order. Not left to right at least. See screen snip.


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here is how is should be. imgur image

Genesis gravatar imageGenesis ( 2021-01-11 17:40:19 +0100 )edit

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answered 2021-01-11 18:25:23 +0100

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updated 2021-01-11 18:25:57 +0100


you can't use the chart wizard the default way, if you got non-contiguous data. You need to explicitly tell which data are data and which column is to be used for the category. To do so:

  • Do not select anything in advance
  • Insert -> Chart and select chart type Column
  • Click button Next
  • Click button Next (yes leave Data Range for now)
  • [Start] Click button Add to add a Data Series ( "Series" appears in the panel labelled Data Series)
  • Select/Click on "Series" and "Y-Values" in right pane
  • Select the series 1 (e.g K4:K15) using the icon rightmost
  • Select "Categories" and select range A4:A15 again using the icon rightmost
  • Optional Select/Click on "Name" in right pane
  • Optional Select "Range for Name" and select a cell containg a Name (i.e "Income" for Data Series)
  • [End] Repeat from [Start] for the other two ranges (i.e K34:K45 (Expenses) and B55:B66 (Assets)

Finally you have:

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See also the following sample file: C:\fakepath\Chart-NonContiguousRanges.ods

Tested using LibreOffice

Version:, Build ID: dcf040e67528d9187c66b2379df5ea4407429775
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 5.3; UI render: default; VCL: kf5
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI: en-US, Calc: threaded

Hope that helps.

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Yes the only problems i had was getting back into editing mode after hitting return :( I had to delete the bargraph 3 times due to that :( But finally i made an error free configuration. Thank you very much for your tutorial :) How do i indicate your answer was the answer?

Genesis gravatar imageGenesis ( 2021-01-11 23:49:13 +0100 )edit

How do i indicate your answer was the answer?

click the check mark (✔) next to the answer

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2021-01-12 00:33:27 +0100 )edit

thank you again

Genesis gravatar imageGenesis ( 2021-01-12 01:07:55 +0100 )edit
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