Creating a Two Axis Chart in Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excel 2013, Excel 2016, Excel 2016 & Microsoft Office 365

Up to Microsoft Excel 2003, there was a in-built Custom Chart Type called the 2-Axis Chart. This was a pretty useful chart type, in which I used to display very small numbers and very large numbers – all on the same chart. You can see in this chart below, the numbers on the Primary Y Axis on the left are from 0 to 16. The numbers on the Secondary Y Axis (on the right side of the chart), are from 20,000 to 180,000.

2 Axis Chart in Excel - Final2 Axis Chart in Microsoft Excel

But this 2 Axis chart type magically disappeared from Excel 2007, Excel 2010 & even Excel 2013. So today, I will show you how to create a 2 Axis chart in any version of Excel – whether you are still using Microsoft Excel 2007 or Microsoft 2010, or the latest Excel 2016, 2019 or Office 365 (Cloud version of Microsoft Office).

What is a 2 Axis Chart?

The default Bar Chart or a Column chart of Excel has One X Axis (The Horizontal side), and One Y Axis (represented Vertically). This is generally useful most of the time.

However, once in a while, when you want to display 2 different sets of numbers in the same chart, and one set of numbers (Quantity) comprises of very small numbers, and the other set of numbers (Sales figures) are very large –  in Thousands.

If you plot a normal Column chart, the Sales figures are so high that the bars are quite long, and the scale is set in Thousands. So the Quantity figures are too small to be even seen in the Column Chart.

A 2 Axis chart is slightly different from a normal, standard Column Chart.

The 2 Axis Column Chart uses TWO Y Axis in the same chart. The one on the Left of the chart is used to display one scale (Small Numbers), and another Y Axis is added on the Right Side, which represents the (Large Numbers) in Thousands.

In this way, both small numbers and very large numbers are seen in the same chart – using both the Primary Axis and the Secondary Axis.

However, do note that the Columns of the Chart will overlap each other, and it will be difficult to see one set of values. To overcome this situation, we convert one of the bars into a Line Chart.

In this way, even if the scale is different, both axis can be seen clearly, and a useful 2 Axis chart is created easily in Microsoft Excel.

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How To Make a 2 Axis Chart in Excel 2007 to Excel 2013

If you wish to make a 2 Axis Chart in Microsoft Excel 2007 or Excel 2010 or Excel 2013,  just follow this  fairly simple process:

  1. Select the Data to be plotted. You can use this Example Worksheet to practice creating the 2 Axis Chart.
  2. Click Insert > Column > 2-D Column Chart. You will get a normal Bar Chart in Excel.
  3. Click on one of the bar charts. The entire series gets selected.
  4. Right Click, and select Format Data Series.
  5. From the Format Data Series Popup Menu, Choose Secondary Axis.
  6. You will see that the selected data series has moved to the Secondary Axis.
  7. Format the chart to your liking.

You can have a beautiful looking chart, displaying data on 2 axis – the Y axis is listed on both sides. And it hardly takes a minute to build… Enjoy!

How To Make a 2 Axis Chart in Excel 2016, Excel 2019 or Microsoft Office 365

For the newer versions of Microsoft Excel, the steps are slightly different.

STEP 1: Select the Data to be plotted in the chart.  You can use this Example Worksheet to practice creating the 2 Axis Chart.

STEP 2: Click on Insert > Recommended Charts. Choose the second Tab in the popup, All Charts.

Inserting Recommended Chart in Excel
Inserting Recommended Chart in Excel

STEP 3: Go to the bottom of the Chart List, and select the Combo Chart.

Select Combo From All Charts in Excel 365

A combo chart is created. We can’t see both quantity and Sales, as the sales figures are too high. So we need to modify this.

STEP 4: What we really want is to move Sales on the Secondary Axis. So check the checkbox  next to the Quantity.

Checkbox to move Sales to Secondary Axis in Excel 365

Sales moves to the secondary axis, and is visible.

You can see that Quantity Sold is in Columns (showing as vertical bars), and Sales is displayed in a Line Chart.

2 Axis Combo Chart in Microsoft Office 365, Excel 2016 & Excel 2019
2 Axis Combo Chart in Microsoft Office 365, Excel 2016 & Excel 2019

STEP 6: Now simply add an appropriate Chart Title.

Your 2 Axis Chart in Excel is ready for Microsoft 365. The same technique works for Excel 2016 & Excel 2019 also.

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Extracting Digits from Serial Numbers in Excel

What do you make of 12CNGY561RR9806?

Chances are that you’d be thinking this some kind of a joke… Well, it is a code, a serial number. If you open your Toaster, Phone, TV, Laptop or Tablet, you’d find a similar looking, equally difficult to read serial number.

You may be wondering – Why do they make it so difficult? And what is the purpose?

Well, these are serial numbers. Not for humans, more for computers and geeks. If you happen to take your product  to the service centre, the bar code scanner can make sense of this gobbledegook right away!

To make sense, you need to be able to extract certain bits and pieces from this serial number, and analyze them separately.

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For example, the first  two characters (12) may mean the year of manufacture – 2012.

The next 2 characters (CN) may mean the country of manufacture- China.

The next 4 characters (CNGY) may mean the product code. Similarly, the last 4 digits (9806) may be the runing serial number of the product.

From such numbers, it is easy to find out the country, batch, make, product, and date of manufacture quite quickly.

But imagine staring a such numbers in an Excel file, and be able to quickly filter, find and select numbers belonging to a specific year, country or Product family.

Well, it can easily be done, using special in built functions in Excel – be it Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007 or Excel 2010 or even Microsoft Excel 2013.

See this Example Excel file for trying it yourself.

To solve this problem, we will use Excel’s inbuilt Text Functions – Left, Right and Mid.

The Left function will extract any characters from the left of a string.  LEFT(‘ABCDEF’, 2) will extract AB.

The Right function will extract any number of characters you need, from the right of a string. RIGHT(‘ABCDEF’, 3) will extract DEF.

And the Mid function will extract any characters from the middle of a string. You just have to specify the starting number, and the number of digits required.

So, MID(‘ABCDEFGH’, 3, 2) begins to extract from the Third character, and extracts 2 characters. Therefore, the characters, “CD” get extracted easily.

Using these 3 simple functions, we can extract any digit, or character from any string in Excel. And this feature has been in Excel since ages…

Enjoy, and all the best!

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