Creating a simple chart in excel -- why is it so hard?

Copper Contributor

I want to create a simple chart.


Example -- I want to chart the following data.

I have a service that uses a freemium model.  The first 20 accounts are free, but I will charge $5 per account for managing 21 or more.  I will cap the amount at 475 accounts which equals $2375.


The chart should look like this.... (I drew this on PowerPoint)




Here is the data from Excel:




When I chart this here is what I get:






Then I try and not label the "Accounts" column -- see below:



and that ALMOST looks right BUT not the 0 (zero) values on the X axis.  They are the count of the cells where the data is stored, NOT the values in the "Account" colums!  




Really?  Seriously?!


I am tired of feeling like an idiot by myself, thought I would share and see if someone could help me... on what I thought would be a SIMPLE task.


Thanks in advance to anyone who can respond.


5 Replies

Hello @Roger895,


In the "Accounts" column enter all values 1 thru 5000 with autofill.

In cell C4 enter the formula:


 and copy down using autofill.

@PReagan -- thanks for the tip.  I put the data together to show the issue with my charting problem -- it was rushed.  Any ideas on the chart?


It looks like you need to click Edit on right pane and assign Accounts column as horizontal axis, plus remove it from Series.



As an alternative solution:

Change your chart type to X Y (Scatter) > Scatter with Straight Lines.

Remove the markers by left clicking the line > Series Options > Marker > Marker Options > None

@Roger895 Everything having to do with charts in Excel is now horribly fubarred. Everything that used to happen automatically (and properly imo) now has its own setting and all those settings are hidden in a dozen places scattered around the place. F'rinstance to add a title to a chart axis one now has to know to click on the little plus sign that appears when you select the chart; exactly which axis labels appear is controlled by another setting that pops up in a sidebar and seems to be set to automatically exclude the last label in a series; and there seems to be no way to specify a range of values for an axis. This is all for one element of what should be, as you state, a simple 2D line chart. What it takes to do anything more complex I shudder to think.