How to Draw 3-Axis Scatter Plot in Excel (with Easy Steps)

Oftentimes, we need to draw Scatter plots in Excel. However, there is no direct way to insert a 3-axis scatter plot. Keeping this in mind, this article is a step-by-step guide to drawing a 3 Axis scatter plot in Excel.

The image below is an overview of this article which shows how to draw a 3-axis scatter plot.

Overview of the 3 axis scatter plot showing the changes in displacement, velocity and acceleration with time

In the following sections, youโ€™ll learn more about the process and observe each step in detail.

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Scatter Plot and its Key Features

In simple terms, a scatter plot is a graphical representation of data that uses dots to represent the values of two or more variables. Additionally, scatter plots can also be created with three variables by adding a third dimension to the graph, represented by the data pointsโ€™ size or color, this is known as a 3-axis scatter plot. The key features of a scatter plot include:

  • X and Y axes represent two variables.
  • Points (dots) on the graph represent the variablesโ€™ relationship.
  • Ability to visualize the distribution and relationship of the data.
  • Can be used to identify trends, patterns, and outliers in the data.

6 Steps to Create 3 Axis Scatter Plot in Excel

Now, letโ€™s consider the Magnitude of Displacement, Velocity & Acceleration with Respect to Time dataset shown in the B4:E10 cells which contain the Time(s), Displacement(m), Velocity(m/s), and Acceleration (m/s^2) respectively. Henceforth, without further delay, letโ€™s see each step in action.

Dataset showing the magnitude of displacement, velocity and acceleration with time for drawing a 3 axis scatter plot.

๐Ÿ“Œ Step 1: Insert Scatter Plot

  • First, select the full data table including the column headings.
  • Next, click on Insert from the ribbon. And select the Scatter with straight lines and markers option.

Inserting scatter plot with lines from the insert ribbon

  • Now, this inserts a default-style of scatter plot on your worksheet.

Image of the default scatter plot with displacement, velocity, and acceleration

Read More: How to Make a Scatter Plot in Excel with Multiple Data Sets

๐Ÿ“Œ Step 2: Duplicate Scatter Chart

  • Second, select the recently created chart and press CTRL+D on your keyboard to make a duplicate.

Duplicating the scatter plot with a keyboard shortcut

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๐Ÿ“Œ Step 3: Delete Unnecessary Curves and Create Secondary Axis

  • Third, delete the plot for Acceleration from the original chart.
  • Next, remove the Displacement and Velocity plots from the duplicate chart.
  • Then, double-click on the Velocity curve, and from Series Options select Secondary Axis.
  • Afterward, the Velocity curve will be redrawn against the secondary axis.

Deleting extra curves from original and duplicate charts and adding a secondary axis in the original chart.

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๐Ÿ“Œ Step 4: Format Orginal Chart

  • Fourth, click on the chart area and select Chart Elements.
  • At this point, check the Axis, Axis Titles, and Chart Title boxes. And uncheck the Gridlines and Legend boxes.

Fixing the chart elements of the original chart.

  • In turn, rename the axes titles (Time, Displacement, and Velocity) and the chart title, in this case, Time V/S (Displacement, Velocity & Acceleration).

Renaming the chart and axis titles of the original chart.

  • Following this, choose colors for the axis values and axis titles to make them easily distinguishable.
  • Also, you can color the texts of the chart title with the corresponding colors by following the steps shown in the GIF below.

Selecting color for the chart titles, axes titles, and text

  • After finishing the coloring process, you should get a similar output to the image below.

Result after adding color to various chart elements

  • Lastly, double-click on the chart area to open Format Chart Area. From the Chart Option under Border, enable the No line radio button.

Removing the borderline from the original chart.

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๐Ÿ“Œ Step 5: Adjust Formatting of Duplicate Chart

  • Fifth, click on the chart area and select Chart Elements.
  • Now, check the Axis, and Axis Titles boxes. And uncheck the Gridlines, Legend, and Chart Title boxes.

Choosing the chart elements of the duplicate chart.

  • Later, delete the horizontal axis title (to avoid overlapping) and rename the vertical axis.
  • Next, double-click on the horizontal axis values to open Format Chart Area. Select the values of the horizontal axis.
  • Then, under the Axis Options, set the Minimum Bound to -2.0.
  • After that, under Vertical axis crosses, set the Axis value to -2.0.
  • Eventually, a distance will be created between the curve and the vertical axis, which will eventually aid the overlapping process.

Deleting and renaming the axis titles and adjusting the vertical axis with respect to the curve.

  • Afterward, remove the horizontal axis values to avoid duplication and double-click on the chart area to open Format Chart Area.
  • Under the Fill, select No fill. And under the Border, select No line.

Removing the fill and border from the duplicate chart

Coloring chart elements of the duplicate scatter plot.

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๐Ÿ“Œ Step 6: Overlap Two Charts and Join them

  • Consequently, click on the duplicate chart and drag it over the original one.
  • Adjust the two charts accordingly in order to make them look like a single 3-axis scatter plot.

Overlapping and adjusting the two curves together.

  • After the adjustment, select the two charts one after another, by pressing CTRL on the keyboard.
  • Click on the Shape Format tab and select Group.
  • Now, you can move the charts together as a single element if necessary.

Grouping the two charts using the group option in the shape format tab

  • Ta-dah! Your 3-axis scatter plot is now complete.

Final image showing the 3-axis scatter plot.

Read More: How to Create a Scatter Plot with 4 variables in Excel (with Quick Steps)

Practice Section

We have provided a Practice section on the last worksheet of the provided workbook so you can practice yourself. Please make sure to do it by yourself.

Practice section for the readers.


To sum up, you understand the method of drawing a 3-axis scatter plot in Excel following the above-mentioned steps. Now, follow these steps whenever you need a 3-axis scatter plot, and let us know if you have any better or additional way to carry out the task. Moreover, you can reach us via the comment section below for any queries.

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I am Md. Nafis Soumik. I am a Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (NAME) graduate from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). My hobby is to listen and create music along with backpacking. My career goal is to pursue higher education eventually. I always attempt to learn from many sources and try to come up with creative answers.

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