Bar graphs are useful for visually representing data and identifying trends. When you have two variables to compare, creating a bar graph is a great option. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to create a bar graph with two variables in Excel.
Step 1: Open Excel and create a new worksheet
Open Excel and create a new worksheet. Enter your data into the worksheet, with the two variables you want to represent in separate columns.
Step 2: Select the data you want to graph
Select the data you want to graph by clicking and dragging to highlight the cells containing the data.
Step 3: Create a bar graph
Go to the “Insert” tab in the top navigation menu and click on the “Bar Graph” button. Select the type of bar graph you want to use, such as a stacked bar graph or a cluster bar graph.
Step 4: Format the bar graph
To format the bar graph, you can customize the color, labels, and axis titles. Right-click on the graph and select “Format Chart Area” to access formatting options.
Step 5: Add a second variable to the graph
To add a second variable to the graph, you will need to create a new set of data. Insert a new column in the worksheet and enter the values for the second variable. Select the data for both variables and create a new bar graph as before.
Step 6: Align the two bar graphs
To align the two bar graphs, click on one of the bars and hold down the Shift key. Click on the bars from the other graph that you want to align with the first graph. Use your mouse to move the bars into position.
Step 7: Add a legend
To help readers understand the data represented by your bar graph, add a legend. Click on the graph and go to the “Chart Elements” button in the top right corner. Select “Legend” and choose where you want to position the legend on the graph.
Step 8: Finalize the bar graph
Once you have added both variables, aligned them, and added a legend, finalize the bar graph by adding any finishing touches. Add a title to the graph, as well as any other formatting or design elements that will help readers better understand your data.
Congratulations! You have successfully created a bar graph with two variables in Excel. Bar graphs are a great way to visually represent data, and with multiple variables, you can compare and contrast data to draw meaningful conclusions.