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Do you know that you can create dynamic charts in excel using data filters ? Yes, that is right, we can use data filters as chart filters too. When you apply a data filter on a chart’s source data, the chart is also filtered.
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This technique is much simpler than dynamic charts using drop-down lists and INDEX formula idea presented earlier. All you need to do is,
- Create chart for all your data. Include sales, profits and expenses
- Now, apply data filters to the source data range (menu > data > filter > auto filter, in excel 2007, use home ribbon > filter & sort button > filter)
- Select the type of data you want to use in the chart by applying a data filter
- Bingo, you have a dynamic chart that can be controlled using data filter settings.
How do you like this technique ?
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