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    Removing gaps in column chart for missing data

    Hi-
    I have data that spans numerous months and sites. I was measuring species found there so I need all of the species to show up, but some sites or months don't have that particular species. How can I get the gaps in data to disappear so it shows the data together? The example shows the data and how it is charting. I'd like, for example, Hozomeen - April to have no white space, but rather to place Oligochaeta and Terrestrial right next to each other.

    Thanks in advance for your help. I've been scouring threads all afternoon.

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    Re: Removing gaps in column chart for missing data

    Hi WiscoEm,

    I recently did the same thing for another user. Download the file in post #4 of the following thread:
    http://www.excelforum.com/excel-char...bar-chart.html
    Try it out and see if it does what you want and you can live with the restrictions provided in the solution.

    If it does, reply here. I can probably customize the solution for your specific chart (which I have already downloaded and viewed). I am very busy now, so the customization will probably take about a week. The hard part is not eliminating the spaces, but using VBA to recreate the chart you created using the 'Chart Wizard' (and possibly manual commands).

    Lewis

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    Re: Removing gaps in column chart for missing data

    Lewis-
    That's similar but it still has the a gap (just with a zero) in many of the x-axis variables (fixed annuities in Q2-2013 etc). Also, I'm not sure how to get the second category x-axis with this method. The way I understand your response is that the only way I can do this is with Macros? I'm not very good at those yet so maybe I'll just deal with the spaces. I really appreciate your response.
    Emily

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    Re: Removing gaps in column chart for missing data

    You can do it by altering your data layout.

    format series to have 100% overlap and zero gap width.
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    Re: Removing gaps in column chart for missing data

    Andy-
    Thanks so much. That is exactly what I was looking for. One other question: I can't seem to figure out how to remove the little tabs between the columns. It isn't that important but it's going in my thesis and isn't supposed to have those. Is that possible?

    I really appreciate your help.

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    Re: Removing gaps in column chart for missing data

    Thanks Andy - I figured it out. I was making it more difficult than it was. I appreciate your help.
    Emily

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