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How to quickly create a bubble chart in Excel?

In Excel, a Bubble chart is a variation of a Scatter chart and its data is pointed as bubble. And if your each series has three data as shown as below, creating a Bubble chart will be a good choice to show the data series vividly.

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Create Bubble chart in Excel


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Creating a Bubble chart is a little complex, please do as follow:

1. Select the data range you need, and click Insert > Other Charts (in Excel 2013, click Insert > Scatter (X, Y) or Bubble Chart), and select the Bubble chart type you like. Here I select the Bubble with a 3-D effect. See screenshot:

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2. Right click the inserted chart, and click Select Data from the context menu. See screenshot:

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3. In the Select Data Source dialog, click Edit button. See screenshot:

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4. Now in the Edit Series dialog, specify the following setting:

In Series name text box, select the name cell you want;

In Series X values text box, select the column data you want to place in X axis;

In Series Y values text box. Select the column data you want to place in Y axis;

In Series bubble size text box, select the column data you want to be shown as bubble.

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5. Click OK to go back to Select Data Source dialog, and select the Series you do not need, here I select the C Serie, and click Remove to delete it.

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6. Click OK to close dialog. And you can see the Bubble chart shown as below:

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Tip: If you want to add product label for every bubble, you can do as follow:

1. Right click one bubble, and select Add Data Labels. See screenshot:

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2. Then type the product name one by one in each label text box to replace the original label texts. See screenshot:

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Note: When you put the cursor on one bubble, there is a tip to show the data information of the bubble.

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    nidiama · 3 years ago
    Good tutorial, thank you. There is a mistake in the labels: following the bubble from left to right, it should read B-A-C instead of A-B-C.