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How to reverse order of items in an Excel chart legend?

For example you have a sales table and created a stacked bar chart based on it as below screenshot shown. As you see, the chart shows the January sales first, then the February sales, and at last the March sales. But now you need to reverse the order of months, how could you solve it? This article will introduce the solution about reversing the order of legend items in a stacked bar chart in Excel.

Reverse order of items in an Excel chart legend

 

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Reverse order of items in an Excel chart legend

To reverse the order of legend items in a stacked bar chart in Excel, please do as follows:

1. Right click the chart, and click Select Data in the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:

2. In the Select Data Source dialog box, please go to the Legend Entries (Series) section, select the first legend (Jan in my case), and click the Move Down button  to move it to the bottom.

3. Repeat the above step to move the originally second legend to the second last, and the original third one will be moved to the first automatically, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now you will see the orders of legend items are reversed. See screenshot:


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    Dennis · 2 months ago
    That isnt really reversing the order of items in the legend - it is reversing the items on the chart - which then reverses the legend. What if the chart is right but the legend is wrong ?