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Create a multi-layer column chart in Excel

In Excel, the built-in column chart is used to compare the values across a few categories. However, in some cases, there are multiple values in one category, how to display and compare all values of each category in a column chart? With Kutools for Excel, the Multi Layer Column Chart in the Charts tool can create a column chart with multi layers for you in Excel.
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Create a multi-layer column chart

Click Kutools > Charts > Category Comparison > Multi Layer Column Chart. See screenshot:
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In the Multi Layer Column Chart dialog, click the browse button shot calculate days in year 1 to select the data range including headers to the Data range section, then specify one style of chart and decide to show or hide data labels as you need in the Chart Type section.
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Show data labels: tick this checkbox, the values of every data will be displayed in the related column, otherwise, nothing will be shown in the columns.

Example: if you use this utility for the first time, you can click the Example button to open a new workbook which contains example data and the created multi-layer column chart for you to study.

Click Ok, the multi-layer column chart has been created.

Style 1: show X and Y axis labels.
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Style 2: show X and Y axis labels, and the top values of each category.
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Style 3: show x axis labels only.
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1. If the data is changed greatly, the chart may be changed incorrectly. In this case, please recreate the chart based on the new data.

2. In Excel 2007 and 2010, the chart may be shown incorrectly while changing original data.

3. A hidden sheet named Kutools_Chart will be created to store data, do not change the data in this sheet, otherwise, some error may occur.

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