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How to reverse axis order in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2022-10-08

Sometimes, you may need to reverse axis order in a chart. For example, in a bar chart, compared with the data, the axis order is reversed in default, in this case, you may want to reverse the axis order to meet the data order as show as below. Now this tutorial will tell you how to reverse the axis order quickly in Excel.

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Reverse axis order in chart


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arrow blue right bubble Reverse axis order in chart

There is an option in Format Axis dialog for reversing the axis order.

1. Right click the y axis you want to reverse, and select Format Axis from the context menu. See screenshot:

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2. Then in the popping Format Axis pane, under Axis Options tab, check Categories in a reverse order option, then check At maximum category option.

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Tip: In bar chart, reserve the x axis with righting click the x axis and selecting the Format Axis from context menu, then checking the Values in reverse order.

Now the Y-axis has been reversed

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Merci beaucoup pour ces explications détaillées et efficaces!!!
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Obrigado amigo!
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When you reverse the order of the y axis, how do you keep the x axis labels at the bottom of the chart? And, why do they move to the top of the chart?
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worksss !!
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Click "categories in reverse order" to fix the order problem, then click "value (Y) axis crosses at maximum category" to put the axis at the bottom. These two together will make horizontal bar charts work the way any normal human would want... :-)
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5 years on and this comment by Sandy still helped me.

Literally made a disposable account just to say thank you.

Micro$**t - fix your charts. Totally unexpected and utterly useless chart behaviour. Why would I EVER want the entire x-axis to shift based on what I want the y-axis to look like?????
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Thank you so much
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You're the best, thanks!
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Double Thanks Sandy.


Why on Earth am I formatting the Horizontal Axis in the Vertical Axis Format Properties Microsoft?!?!?!?! I NEVER would have figured this out without Sandy.
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Thanks Sandy
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This is good; however, I still need the x-axis lables to remain at the bottom fo the chart. When you reverse the order, they move to the top. Who would want the axis labels at the top of the chart????
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