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    This sounds really simple, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

    Excel 2007

    I'm trying to create a simple column chart. Just two columns of data - the vertical axis is values, and the horizontal axis is dates.

    I'm tracking this for several months, so there will be a couple hundred data points.

    The data source is simple; I have the date in column A, and the value in column B.

    When I create the chart, if I just grab the first few of months (on the grid, that comes up as $A$2:$B$90, or thereabouts), it works just fine.[attachment=88410:before.JPG]

    But if I try to stretch it out to A2:B200 or so, it gets weird. The first 60 data values then appear as the chart title, and the actual chart itself then starts showing data starting with row 61 - the first couple months are lost, because those numbers are in the title.[attachment=88411:after.JPG]

    What's going on? It doesn't matter if I make a new chart from the expanded data, or try to edit the "source data" field on the existing one. I have also copied the data to a new spreadsheet, and tried again - happens there, too.
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    can you attach an example file (with proprietary data removed) which demonstrates the problem?

    Steve

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    Sure - nothing proprietary here. Thanks for the help!
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    Interesting!

    Does the same thing with the Chart Wizard in 2003 as well.

    It appears to be caused by the blank cells in the value range.
    If you populate all the value cells in col B down to 314 then the chart is built ok.

    Maybe it is something to do with the number of blank value cells?
    Andrew

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    Editing the data source works fine for me - see attached.
    The chart wizard also works OK if you insert a row above your data and put some text in B1.
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    Thanks for the help - adding the zeroes, instead of leaving cells blank, did the trick. Mildly annoying, but I can handle that.

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