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How to create a chart with date and time on X axis in Excel?

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In Excel, we usually insert a chart to better describe the data. But in some cases, when you create a column/bar/line chart based on a series of date and time, the X axis of the chart may be shown as below screenshot. And in this article, I introduce the way for how to show the date and time on X axis correctly in the Chart.
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Create a chart with date and time on X axis correctly


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To display the date and time correctly, you only need to change an option in the Format Axis dialog.

1. Right click at the X axis in the chart, and select Format Axis from the context menu. See screenshot:
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2. Then in the Format Axis pane or Format Axis dialog, under Axis Options tab, check Text axis option in the Axis Type section. See screenshot:
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3. Click Close or go back to the chart, then then date and time data has been correctly display in the X axis. See screenshot:
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    KIWI · 3 months ago
    But it doesnt show them in right relation to eachother. For example 2 hours and 6 hours are same in chart..
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      Sunny · 2 months ago
      Hi Kiwi, maybe you can paint a chart to show me what you want the chart show.
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    Vilmos · 5 months ago
    This is not OK. It does not show correct order by time just puts the timestamps there as a text in equal distances.
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      Sunny · 4 months ago
      Hello, Vilmos, create the chart after you order the time data, then the chart will display the time in order.