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    Chart scatter points not plotted in correct position

    I'm creating a scatter chart with labels.

    I don't understand why the labels are not coming out in the correct location.

    I have selected the correct columns for the data.

    In the attached example the X location is correct, the Y value is wrong.

    Can you help.

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    Re: Chart scatter points not plotted in correct position

    I found if I replaced the '-' fields with '0' then the labels came in the correct position.

    But is there a way to do this keeping the "-" fields?
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    Re: Chart scatter points not plotted in correct position

    After working out the "x" and "y" confusion (standard convention is for x to be horizontal and y to be vertical, but your x is vertical), I notice that your source data contains several text "-" entries. In an Excel scatter chart, if there is any text in the horizontal "xvalues" range, Excel will ignore all of the numbers and use count numbers for the horizontal x values. The fix is to get rid of those text strings so that they are either truly blank (select and press delete) or contain something that Excel will ignore (usually the N/A error).
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    Re: Chart scatter points not plotted in correct position

    I see you figured that out. To my knowledge, there is no way (in Excel) to retain the "-" text strings in the chart source data. In Excel, you would need to create a "copy" of the source data that replaces the "-" with blank or N/A.

    Are you required to be compatible with Excel? I have observed that other spreadsheets (like LO calc) do better at ignoring text in a chart source data. If I open your file in LO calc, the markers are correct without any modification. The data labels were "broken", but I was able to fix that by deleting the data series and redefining it.

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    Re: Chart scatter points not plotted in correct position

    If you are just concerned with how the data table looks, you can use a custom format so that a 0 appears as "-".

    0.000;0.000;"-";_(@_)

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    Re: Chart scatter points not plotted in correct position

    Thanks for your help. I changed "-" to "".

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