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How to change the gap width in Excel quickly?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-07-17

In Excel, the gap width between series points in a chart is automatically calculated based on the data and chart area dimensions. However, when dealing with a fixed chart area, this can result in either overly narrow spaces between series points if there are many data series, or excessively wide gaps when there are fewer series. To optimize the visual impact of your charts, adjusting the gap width manually is often necessary. This article will guide you through the process of quickly changing the gap width in Excel, ensuring your charts are both functional and visually appealing.

Step 1: Right-click the series, and select the Format Data Series item from the context menu, see the following screenshot:


Step 2: In the Format Data Series dialog box, click the Series Option button at left bar.

Then it shows the Gap Width section under the series Option section. See the following screen shot:


You can drag the slider between No Gap and Large Gap to adjust the gap width manually.

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I don't find option to adjust gap width in Format data series..for Line chart

Please advise..Thank you in advance..
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i put double enter in a long sheet how to find the column gap easly
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In a bar chart how I can reduce the space of only two bars & not all the bars in a graph. i.e. I want to present actual data of 4 qtrs. of last year each separately & same distance in each bar but for current qtr I want to present actual & budget numbers each in a separate bar but no distance in these two bars. Hope to hear soon from you.
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Thank you so much, that was very helpful :lol:
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Thank you. This was VERY helpful!!
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