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Picking Data for a Chart

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    Picking Data for a Chart

    I have a bunch of data in the form of (x,y) points for different items; in particular, thrust vs. time curves for many different model rocket motors. The times are not the same from one motor to another.

    What I want to do is make a chart consisting of X-Y plots of a few different motors, and dynamically pick which motors so that the chart uses the data for the motors I've selected.

    The question is in two parts. First, does Excel have a feature that will do this, or do I have to dust off my programming skills? Second, if the former then where do I find the low down on said feature?

    I don't seem to be able to attach a file, so I can't give an example. But since I haven't managed to do what I want, an example of not-what-I-want may not have been of great value anyway.

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    Re: Picking Data for a Chart

    My first thought for something like this is the Autofilter feature.
    Wikihow: https://www.wikihow.com/Use-AutoFilter-in-MS-Excel
    A simple example I made: https://www.excelforum.com/excel-pro...ml#post4468034

    Put all of the data in a nice table, build the scatter chart based on the table, then filter the table by "motor" and the chart should follow suit.
    Quote Originally Posted by shg
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