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How to skip blank cells while creating a chart in Excel?

If there are some blank cells in a list, the relative chart of the list will be shown as below screenshot which is not pleasing to the eye. In this article, I will talk about how to skip the blank cells while creating a chart in Excel.
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Display blanks as zero in chart

Skip blanks in chart


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To display blank cells as zeros in chart, you just need to check an option after creating the chart.

1. After creating the chart by the values, right click at the chart and click Select data form the popped context menu. See screenshot:
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2. Then in the Select Data Source dialog, click Hidden and Empty Cells, and in the Hidden and Empty Cells Settings dialog, check Zero option. See screenshot:
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3. Click OK > OK to close dialogs, and the blank cells have been displayed as zeros. See screenshot:
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To skip blanks directly in a chart, you need a formula before creating the chart.

1. Select a blank cell next to the values you want to create chart by, and type this formula =IF(ISBLANK(B2),#N/A,B2), B2 is the cell you use, and drag auto fill handle down to the cells you need to apply this formula. See screenshot:
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2. Then keep the formula cells selected, click Insert tab, and insert a chart as you need in the Charts group. See screenshot:
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Then the blank cells have been ignored in the chart.
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Спасибо, помогло
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If I use an if-formular like =if(A1=1:A2:"") and result is false, then the cell isn't empty and I get a zero in the chart. any work around?
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I want exactly opposite to this solution.
I have a formula that return to Blank and showing zero in chart.
but i want to skip that data point (did not want to show as zero, and want to show as break line) in chart.
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You should use NA() function for the return of false condition rather than ""
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Much better fix
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Thank you
This was very helpful
But I have a question here..
What if the blank cels I want to skip are the last 2 or 3 cells for example, and I want to resize the figure afterwards? How can that be done?
Thank you
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