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Guide on Changing Axis Orientation in Excel

In Excel, the process of altering your chart's axes—horizontal (x-axis) and vertical (y-axis)—can be done by rearranging your data within the spreadsheet or modifying the Excel settings. Here's a detailed guide on how to switch axis orientations in Excel.

Step-by-Step Process to Modify Axis in Excel

  1. Open your Excel Spreadsheet:To commence, open your Excel spreadsheet. If you don't have a spreadsheet open, navigate to the "File" tab in the top-left corner, then select "Open" to locate and open your desired spreadsheet.
  2. Select the Data for Charting:After opening the spreadsheet, choose the data you wish to include in your chart. You can do this by clicking and dragging the mouse over the desired cells or by using the "Shift" key while clicking on the first and last cells to include the entire range.
  3. Access the "Insert" Tab:Once your data is selected, go to the "Insert" tab on the top menu bar, offering a variety of chart types for insertion into your spreadsheet.
  4. Choose a Chart Type:Numerous chart types are available; however, for this demonstration, a line chart will be used. Select the "Line" chart type to preview your chart.
  5. Confirm Selection:After choosing your preferred chart type, click "OK" to insert the chart into your spreadsheet.
  6. Select the Chart:Click on the chart to activate it, revealing various options on the ribbon menu at the top of the screen.
  7. Navigate to the "Design" Tab:Access the "Design" tab on the ribbon, providing a range of design choices for your chart.
  8. Click "Switch Row/Column":Within the "Design" tab, locate the "Data" section and select "Switch Row/Column" to alter the axis arrangement.
  9. Axis Successfully Altered:Congratulations! Your axis orientation has been switched. If you wish to revert to the original orientation, follow the same steps and select "Switch Row/Column" again.