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    How to remove 0.0s from excel bar chart displays

    Dear Excel Community,

    I have an excel bar chart (please see attached) that has 4 categories (boy, girl, different word, prefer not to answer), listed in Column B. Column C indicates their sample size, and column D indicates their scores. However, I wrote a formula in Column D (not shown in the datasheet) to only display the scores if N size in Column C is greater than 10. The bar chart then displays the scores of the categories accordingly, i.e., display the scores for those categories of N size greater than 10, with score values placed right next to the bars.

    My head scratching problem is that for the bars that are not displayed, there's a "0.0" that seem to serve as a placeholder for them instead. How do I get rid of these 0.0s? I tried to manually delete these 0.0s but what happens is that the next time I enter a dataset where the N sizes are greater than 10 for the last 2 categories, the values for the scores next to the bars are not displayed. How do get rid of the 0.0s so that when new datasets are selected, the bars would just show up with scores for N sizes greater than 10, and not show up at all (and without the 0.0s) ? I went into Format Data Labels and Format Data Series and messed with the settings, but nothing seemed to work.

    I hope someone can provide me some assistance to this problem. I have lots of charts like this, but if you show me how to do this with one chart, I can replicate the process with the rest of the bar charts. I may have to edit each chart individually so any advice on the shortcuts would be immensely appreciated.

    Thank you so much for your time and valuable feedback, as always!

    Anita

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    Re: How to remove 0.0s from excel bar chart displays

    You can apply a custom number format to the data labels:

    0.0;-0.0;;

    which won't display anything when they are 0.
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    Re: How to remove 0.0s from excel bar chart displays

    I notice that the "boy" data labels are formatted with the custom number format code "0.0;0.0;" -- which should hide 0 values. My solution would be to apply this same number format to each of the other data labels. Because you have added each category as a separate data series, you must apply the number format to each data label individually (you cannot select all data labels and apply the number format to all in one step). With only 4 categories/series, it should not be too terribly tedious to do it one at a time.
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    Re: How to remove 0.0s from excel bar chart displays

    Dear rorya and MrShorty,

    You guys are awesome! Thank you for your prompt feedback. I tested your suggestion and it works.

    However, I have many many more charts like that (like around 60) with even more categories than just the 4 I demonstrated in my worksheet. Is there a way to apply the custom number format code to all the data labels at once? It sounds like from MrShorty's comments that perhaps going through one by one is the way to go, but if there's some other suggestions to minimize the labor intensive part of this process and thereby making my edits less error prone, that would be amazing!

    Thank you again for everything!

    Anita

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    Re: How to remove 0.0s from excel bar chart displays

    My first thought is to add the data to the chart as a single data series rather than a separate data series for each category. Of course, the applicability of this suggestion depends on why you chose to create the chart with each point added as a separate data series rather than to add all points as a single data series.

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    Re: How to remove 0.0s from excel bar chart displays

    Absolutely, MrShorty! The excel was designed by someone else, where the many bar charts were supposed to represent many different categories of interest.

    Thank you again for your kind attention on my inquiry,

    Anita

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    Re: How to remove 0.0s from excel bar chart displays

    You can certainly do it with code, if thatís of interest? If so, should they all use the same number format, and what would that be?

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