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    Charting very small vs. very large data (2000 SR-1)

    I am charting 3 categories, each containing 3 data series. The data values range from 6,000 to 1,800,000. Needless to say, the smaller values are pancake bars while the larger values are very large bars. Other than reducing the Y-axis scale and adding a data table below, is there any way to communicate the data in the chart better?

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    Re: Charting very small vs. very large data (2000 SR-1)

    You can set one of the series to a secondary axis, rightclick the series, choose format data series, click axis tab, check Secondary axis.

    Alternatively you could devide the huge numbers by -say- 1000 and use those in the chart.
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    Re: Charting very small vs. very large data (2000 SR-1)

    Hi,
    You might want to try formatting the Y axis to use a logarithmic scale. This will make the data appear more even, though that can be misleading! Worth looking at.
    Hope that helps.
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    Re: Charting very small vs. very large data (2000 SR-1)

    Thanks for all the suggestions. Unfortunately none of them worked for my situation.

    Ultimately I graphed the data and included the data table below... the chart displayed the "picture" and the data table provided the hard numbers.
    gg

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