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How to change and remove data series in Excel charts

For a chart you create, it is normal to change or remove data series in it. This step-by-step guide demonstrates how to change or remove data series from a chart in Excel.

Change data series from a chart in Excel
Remove data series from a chart in Excel


Change data series from a chart in Excel

As shown in the screenshot below, you have created a column chart based on the original data in the range A1:E5. Now you add a new series to the original data and want to change the data series “Promotions” to the newly added series “Profits”. Please do as follows.

1. Right click the chart and choose Select Data from the right-clicking menu.

2. In the opening Select Data Source dialog box, select the series you want to change and then click the Ebdit button in the Legend Entries (Series) box.

3. In the Edit Series dialog box, select the new series name and the new series values separately in the Series name and Series values boxes, and then click the OK button.

4. Then it returns to the Select Data Source dialog box. You can see that the old series is replaced by the new one, click OK to save the changes.

The specified data series is now changed in the chart.


Remove data series from a chart in Excel

If you just want to remove a certain data series from a chart in Excel, for example, to remove the Promotions series from the chart, you can follow the following steps to get it done.

1. Right click the chart and choose Select Data from the right-clicking menu.

2. In the opening Select Data Source dialog box, select the series you want to remove and then click the Remove button in the Legend Entries (Series) box. And finally click OK to save the changes.

The specified data series is now removed from the chart.

Note: You can just hide the data series without removing it from the chart.

To hide a data series in a chart, you need to select the chart, click the Chart Filters button, uncheck the series you don’t want to display in the chart, and then click the Apply button. See screenshot:


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