Microsoft Excel is capable of many things, and that includes the ability to create histograms with relative ease. Not everyone knows how to create a Histogram, but there might come a time when the skill is needed. The big question is, then, what are the procedures of creating a histogram? Luckily we’re going to discuss this today. Now, we can say for certain that it is not difficult to accomplish. But first, we must explain what a histogram is for those who have never heard of it before.
How to create Histogram in Excel
OK, so a histogram is a special type of graph that is primarily used in the world of mathematics and statistics. Note that the histogram tends to represent the frequency of occurrence of certain phenomena which is available in a specific range of values.
While Microsoft Excel is the main tool used to create histograms, users can take advantage of the R programming language for more advanced methods of creating graphs should they so wish.
1] Add your data to Excel
Before you attempt to create a histogram, you must first add the required data to Excel. We will assume the data is saved to your hard drive, so just fire up Excel then navigate to Open, seek out the document and open it right away.
Once the document is opened, check if the data is accurate, edit where needed, then jump to the next step.
2] Click on the Insert tab to create a histogram
You are then required to select the Insert tab at the top of your Excel document. This section is quite popular among Excel users since it contains so many features that are used on a daily basis.
To create the histogram for your file after selecting Insert, please click go the Charts section, and from there, click on See All Charts.
A window should appear after that is done. From there, you will want to scroll down from the left until you come across Histogram. Click on it, then select the type of histogram chart needed. Finally, hit the OK button and watch as the chart appears on your document.
3] Format the histogram chart
Depending on your needs, it is possible to leave the histogram chart as is, but in some cases, changes are required. This is where formatting comes into play.
You will be required to select the Format Axis option, from which Excel will attempt to determine the groupings to use for your histogram chart. However, you may need to make changes at this section or yourself, so keep that in mind.
OK, so when it comes down to formatting a chart, you must right-click on the chart, then select Format Axis from the menu.
A new set of options should appear on the right, which should allow the user to make changes to the histogram.
The changes you make will happen in real-time, so when you’re comfortable with your work, just hit the X button on the Format Axis section, and make sure to save your work if you’re not using OneDrive.
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