Dynamic chart

In this lesson you will learn how to create dynamic chart in Excel. There are useful when you want to have charts which change when you change the scope of data.

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There are two ways to create dynamic charts in Excel.

Example 1 Dynamic chart depended from value in cell

First prepare table of data. In my example there are values of sales.

Dynamic Chart Table Data

Create chart. It should be just basic statis chart which you will turn into dynamic chart.

Static Basic Chart

Next go to Ribbon > Formulas > Define name. Define B and C column as Year and Sales.

Use OFFSET function. Formulas are:

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$B$2;;0;Sheet1!$A$1) for Year

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$C$2;;0;Sheet1!$A$1) for Sales

Define name year

Define name sales

Next go to chart. Right click on the chart and go to Select Data.

Select Chart Data

Edit your series. In there is only one serie - Sales but you can have more.

Select Data Source

Series name is: =Sheet1!$C$1 

Sheet1 is the name of my sheet 

C1 is the cell where I have my Sales serie

 

Series values are: ='Dynamic chart.xlsx'!Sales 

Dynamic chart is the name of my spreadsheet

Sales is the name which I defined

Edit Series

Now the chart is dynamic. You created dynamic chart which works really easy way.

Just write into A1 cell value of years you want to see on the chart.

There is an example for 13 years.

Sales 13 years

The is an example for only 6 years.

Sales 6 years

As you see chart changes. On the chart there are only as many years as you wrote in A1 cell before.

Here you can download free dynamic chart template.

 

You can also start from the newest year. Just change formulas from:

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$B$2;;0;Sheet1!$A$1) for Year

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$C$2;;0;Sheet1!$A$1) for Sales

to:

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$B$14;;0;Sheet1!$A$1) for Year

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$C$14;;0;Sheet1!$A$1) for Sales

Now write some values into A1 cell with minus sign. That how it looks like for 6 years and 8 years.

Sales -6 years

Sales -8 years

Chart changes really good. Isn't it amazing?

Here you can download this free dynamic chart template.

Example 2 Dynamic chart which expanding scope

There are second way to dynamic the chart in Excel. Dynamic means here that chart will expand when you will add new data. It's useful when you have worksheets which are often updated.

You can use the table of data and the static chart from Example1. You must change the name which you define. It should be:

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$C$2;;;COUNTA(Sheet1!$C:$C)-1) for sales

=OFFSET(Sheet1!$B$2;;;COUNTA(Sheet1!$C:$C)-1) for years

Define name year expanding

Dynamic chart define name sales expanding

Now expanding the dynamic chart is ready. When you will add some data the chart will dynamically expand.

Expanding Dynamic Chart

This chart is one of the most impressive charts which I know. It works really good and proves that you are Excel's PRO.

Here you can download free expanding the dynamic chart template.