5 Advanced Excel Charts to Take Your Skills to the Next Level

With the abundance of data, charts are necessary to learn for every individual even if you are a student, engineer, doctor, manager or businessman. You can’t convey the message of any data without using charts. It is very easy to visualize through the charts, graphs, images, animation etc.

Basic Excel charts show the relationship between two sets of data. For example, if we take the age and weight data and show the relationship using a chart, that is called a Basic Chart. Here, we can put “age” on the x-axis, “weight” on the y-axis, and we can plot a graph using these two data sets.

In advanced charts, we look beyond the basic chart and can compare multiple data sets on the graph. If we can put more than one type of data set on a single chart, we can convey the message and idea more easily. Putting more data sets on single basic charts makes them advanced Excel charts.

There is no separate section for advanced Excel charts in the Excel application. You can find all the charts (basic as well as advanced) under Insert -> Charts section. If you don’t know which chart is suitable for your datasets, just click the recommended chart section and you will find all the advanced Excel charts suitable for your dataset. In some case, we can get the help of smart art to draw the advanced Excel charts e.g. organization hierarchy.

Read on to learn more about advanced Excel Charts!

Top 5 Advanced Excel Charts

X-Y Scatter Chart

A scatter chart is typically used to show the relationship between a variable and a dataset. In our previous example, we can put age and weight dataset on scatter plot and visualize whether there is any relationship or not. However, it can also show the relationship between a variable and multiple datasets. See the below picture as an example.

Waterfall Chart

The best definition of the waterfall chart is given by Microsoft: “A waterfall chart shows a running total as values are added or subtracted”. It shows the running total by reflecting all positive and negative values.

Step Chart

The difference between the step chart in Excel and a line chart is that we don’t connect the shortest distance. Instead, we show the changes at a specified period of time. It is frequently used in showing fluctuations in tax rates, interest rates, and petrol price, which typically changes after a certain period. Below is an example where the government decides to change the petrol price.
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Combo Chart

Combo charts are used to combine two different charts having one common data. For example, if we have the data of city (city name, average age, population), we can’t represent using a basic chart (line chart, bar chart, etc) as one data (average age) is comparatively lower than the other (population). For this, we can use combo chart (In this case, a combination of line and bar chart).

In this chart, you can easily visualize the two types of very different data (age and population) of the city.

Organisation Chart

In an organization chart, we show the hierarchy in the Excel chart. You can find this in Insert
-> SmartArt

You can edit its font, colours, size, etc. to make it more presentable.

Charts are very helpful in scenarios where there is an abundance of data. Apart from having knowledge of basic charts, you should also go through the advanced Excel charts as these are also frequently used in many scenarios. With advanced Excel charts, you can visualize certain data more conveniently.

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