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Ignore blank cells in chart

Ignore blank cells in chart

Ignore blank cells in chart

I have a set of data on an Excel spreadsheet that contains numbers in cells and blank cells. I am trying to create a bar chart that only plots the cells that are not blank but whatever I try I get gaps in the chart.
Is there a way to ignore blank cells for a chart?

Any help would be most appreciated.


RE: Ignore blank cells in chart


Yes.  Hide the row or column and be sure that your chart options Tools/Options - Chart Tab have Plot visible cells only.



RE: Ignore blank cells in chart

Thanks, Skip, but that is not a practical solution for me.
The data grows daily and would entail hiding a lot of intermediate rows. I would then have to unhide them later.

Thanks for the speedy response.


RE: Ignore blank cells in chart

charts do not plot the #N/A error

you could either do a find/replace blanks with #N/A or incorporate a formula that returns a #N/A rather than an empty string.....depends on your layout and how the data gets in there

Rgds, Geoff

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RE: Ignore blank cells in chart

Hello Geoff

I tried that earlier after reading about #N/A in another thread but I cannot get it to work.

As a test, in cells E6 to H6 I put the values 4, =na(), 6, 8. F6 shows #N/A as expected and I made a bar chart covering these cells. The resulting chart shows 4 columns where column 1 is 4, column 2 is empty, column 3 is 6 and column 4 is 8.

Am I doing something wrong?

My data is created by VBA as a result of data cells being updated but if I can get this n/a thingy to work it will solve my problem.

Thanks for helping.


RE: Ignore blank cells in chart

No, read my post.

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RE: Ignore blank cells in chart

I'd get back to Skip's hint and use autofilter to hide/reveal unnecessary data.


RE: Ignore blank cells in chart

I have solved it. I remembered using a technique for filling a combobox with values from a list but excluding what has already been used. I adapted this code to produce a column containing the data I need but leaving out the empty cells.

Here is how I did it:
My data is in column E and has empty cells in between the cells that contain my data. I created a named range called Results for this whole column.

In every row of column F next to the list of data, I entered the following formula:

In every row of column G next to the list of data, I entered the following formula:

I can then use column G as the source for my chart.

Thanks for your time, everyone.

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