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How to Make a Scatter Chart in Excel

A Scatter chart, or Scatter Plot, is used to display two or more sets of data to look for correlation and trends between the sets of data values. Scatters plots are useful in identifying trends in data sets, and establishing the strength of correlation between values in those data sets.

This tutorial will show you how to make and edit a Scatter Chart in Excel

How to Make a Scatter chart in Excel

Step 1: Select the data you want displayed in the Scatter chart

Use your mouse to select the data you would like to include in your Column Chart.

Step 1: Select the data you want displayed in the Column chart

Step 2: Click the Insert Tab, and then Click the Scatter Symbol in the Charts Group

Once the data is selected, click in the Insert tab to display the Charts section on the ribbon.

Step 2: Click the Insert Tab, and then Click the Scatter Symbol in the Charts Group

Then click on the Insert Scatter (X,Y) or Bubble Chart button in the Charts section on the ribbon, then the Insert Scatter (X,Y) or Bubble Chart window will appear in the workbook.

Step 2: Click on the Insert Scatter (X,Y) or Bubble Chart button

Step 3: Click the Scatter button from the Insert Scatter (X,Y) or Bubble Chart window.

Click the Scatter button from the Insert Scatter (X,Y) or Bubble Chart window, then the chart will appear in the workbook.

Step 3: Click the Scatter button from the Insert Scatter (X,Y) or Bubble Chart window

Result: Your Scatter Chart will appear on your worksheet

You will now see your scatter graph appear in your worksheet. Now you can start adding chart elements and formatting to your chart. Continue reading for more details on adding chart elements and chart formatting.

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How to Add Chart Elements to a Scatter chart in Excel

Step 1: Click on a blank area of the chart

Use the cursor to click on a blank area on your chart. Make sure to click on a blank area in the chart. The border around the entire chart will become highlighted. Once you see the border appear around the chart, then you know the chart editing features are enabled.

Step 1: Click on a blank area of the chart

Step 2: Click on the Chart Elements button next to the chart

Once the chart name area is highlighted, you will see the Chart Elements button next to upper right hand side of the chart. The button looks like a plus sign. Doing this will open the Chart Elements window.

Step 2: Click on the Chart Elements button next to the chart

Step 3: Check the Chart Elements you would like to add from the Chart Elements window

Once you have opened the Chart Elements window, you will see a number of items you can select to add to your chart. Check the Chart Elements you would like to display and they will appear on your chart. You can click on the arrow next to each Chart Element option for some additional formatting options.

Step 3: Select Axis Titles from the Chart Elements window

Here are the available chart elements for a Scatter Chart:

  • Axes
  • Axes Titles
  • Chart Title
  • Data Labels
  • Data Table
  • Error Bar
  • Gridlines
  • Legend
  • Trendline

Each of these chart elements can be formatted in a variety of ways. Please see our other tutorials on how to add and format each chart element.

How to Format a Scatter chart in Excel

Step 1: Right-Click on a blank area of the chart

Use the mouse to right-click on a blank area on your chart. On the menu that appears select the Format Chart Area option.

Step 1: Right-Click on a blank area of the chart

Step 2: Select the Format Chart Area option

On the menu that appears select the Format Chart Area option. Doing this will open the Format Chart Area panel on the right side of the workbook.

Step 2: Select the Format Chart Area option

Step 3: Use the Format Chart Area panel to make changes to the appearance of your chart

Once you have opened the Format Chart Area panel, you will see a number of items you can modify on your chart. use these features to create a custom look for your Scatter chart.

Step 3: Use the Format Chart Area panel to make changes to the appearance of your chart

Here are the available chart elements for a Scatter Chart:

  • Fill
  • Border
  • Shadow
  • Glow
  • Soft Edges
  • 3-D Format
  • Size
  • Properties

Please note: You can also right click on any of your chart elements and open a separate formatting panel for that particular item. The Format Chart Area panel will be the one you want to use when formatting the main structure of the chart.

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