You can rename the categories to something more meaningful to you or choose different colors for the categories.
This flexibility enables you to design a color category system that fits your personal work style.
Column charts are useful for showing data changes over a period of time or for illustrating comparisons among items.
In column charts, categories are typically organized along the horizontal axis and values along the vertical axis.
This is why having all spreadsheets open in a single workbook simplifies the process.
If all spreadsheets are located in the same workbook, the file path is not necessary in the References field. Click the “Top Row” check box to merge by categories listed along the top row.
On the Analyze tab, in the Data group, click Change Data Source.
You can also click another function to perform a calculation on the data as the sheets are merged. Click the “Browse” button and navigate to the workbook containing the first spreadsheet to merge -- this is necessary only if the spreadsheet is in a different workbook.
Click the file, and then click “OK.” The file path is added to cell references for the merge.
Viewing it in context helps you make more informed decisions.
As you look at different configurations, Excel learns and recognizes your pattern and auto-completes the remaining data for you. The Tell Me search feature guides you to the feature commands you need to get the results you are looking for. And it summarizes your data with previews of pivot-table options, so you can compare them and select the one that tells your story best.
Discover and compare different ways to represent your data and your intents visually.