Both the **Histogram** and the **Bar Graph** are graphical representations of data. But there are differences between them. If you are looking for the difference between them, then this article will be helpful for you. The focus of this article is to explain the difference between Excel **Histogram** and **Bar Graph**.

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## What Is Excel Histogram?

A **Histogram **is a type of chart that evaluates frequency data. A histogram looks at data points and intervals and counts how many times data points fall between specific intervals. The Histogram chart helps to represent the distribution of numerical data by creating vertical bars.

### How to Create Histogram in Excel

In this section, I will explain how you can create or plot a **Histogram** in Excel. Here, I have taken the following dataset to create a **Histogram**. It contains the **Scored Percentage** of **20** students. I also have the **Bin** here. Now, I will create a **Histogram** to represent the number of students who have **Scored Percentages** between specific intervals.

Letâ€™s see the steps.

**Steps:**

To begin with, I will set up the **Analysis ToolPak**.

- Firstly, go to the
**File**tab.

- Secondly, select
**Options**.

After that, the **Excel Options** dialog box will appear.

- Firstly, go to the
**Add-ins**tab. - Secondly, select
**Analysis ToolPak**. - Thirdly, select
**Go**.

Now, a dialog box named **Add-ins** will appear.

- Next, check
**Analysis ToolPak**. - Then, select
**OK**.

After that, the **Analysis ToolPak** will be added to your Excel.

- Now, go to the
**Data**tab. - Then, select
**Data Analysis**.

Here, the **Data Analysis** dialog box will appear.

- Firstly, select
**Histogram**. - Secondly, select
**OK**.

Now, a dialog box named **Histogram** will appear.

- Next, select the
*marked button*to select the**Input Range**.

- Firstly, select the cell range.
- Secondly, click on the
*marked button*to add the**Input Range**.

Now, the **Input Range** will be added to your **Histogram** dialog box.

- Next, select the
*marked button*to select the**Bin Range**.

- Firstly, select the cell range.
- Secondly, click on the
*marked button*to add the selected range to your**Histogram**.

Here, you will see the **Bin Range** is added to your** Histogram** dialog box.

- Then, select
**Labels**. - Next, select
**Output Range**. - After that, click on the
*marked button*to select the**Output Range**.

- Firstly, select the cell from where you want your
**Output Range**to start. - Secondly, click on the
*marked button*to add the**Output Range**to your**Histogram**.

Now, you will see the **Output Range** is added to your **Histogram**.

- After that, check the
**Chart Output**option. - Then, select
**OK**.

Finally, you will see that you have created a **Histogram** for your desired dataset.

At this point, I will show you how you can format the **Histogram**.

- Firstly, select the
**Histogram**.

- Secondly, go to the
**Chart Design**tab. - Thirdly, select your desired
**Style**from the**Chart Styles**group. Here, I selected the*marked style*.

Now, you will see your chart has changed to your selected **Chart Style**.

Here, I will change the **Layout** of the** Histogram**.

- Firstly, select the
**Histogram**. - Secondly, go to the
**Chart Design**tab. - Thirdly, select
**Quick Layout**.

Now, a drop-down menu will appear.

- After that, select the
**Layout**you want for your**Histogram**. Here, I selected the*marked layout*.

In the following picture, you can see my final **Histogram**.

**Read More:** How to Create a Histogram in Excel with Bins

### Pros and Cons Histogram in Excel

There are both pros and cons of a **Histogram**. In this section, I will explain both pros and cons of **Histogram** in Excel.

#### Pros of Excel Histogram

Here are some pros of Excel **Histogram**:

- You can represent a large set of data in a
**Histogram**which will see crowded in other forms of graphs. - A
**Histogram**shows the frequency of occurring an event in specific intervals. - It helps to predict something depending on the frequency.
- You can also use it to calculate the capacity of a process.

#### Cons of Histogram in Excel

Some cons of Excel **Histogram **are given below:

- In a
**Histogram**, you will not be able to read the exact values because the data is grouped in intervals. - You can use
**Histograms**only for continuous data. - It is hard to compare
**two**sets of data using a**Histogram**.

## What Is Bar Graph in Excel?

A **Bar Graph** is used to compare values across different categories. Most often it is used to emphasize changes over time or for comparison of items or categories.

### Creating a Bar Graph in Excel

In this section, I will explain how you can create a **Bar Graph** in Excel. Here, I will create a **Bar** **Graph** for the following dataset. It contains the **Sales Overview** for **3 **different states. I will use a **Bar Graph** to represent these data clearly.

Letâ€™s see the steps.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select the data range for the
**Bar Graph**. - Secondly, go to the
**Insert**tab. - Thirdly, select
**Insert Column or Bar Chart**.

Here, a drop-down menu will appear.

- After that, select the graph type you want. Here, I selected the
**Clustered Column**.

After that, you will see a **Bar Graph** has been inserted into your Excel sheet.

Now, I will format the graph.

- Firstly, select the graph.
- Secondly, go to the
**Chart Design**tab. - Thirdly, select your desired
**Chart Style**. Here, I selected the*marked***Chart Style**.

Now, you can see that the **Chart Style** has changed to the selected style.

In the following picture, you can see my final **Bar Graph**.

### Pros and Cons of Bar Graph

A **Bar Graph** in Excel have both pros and cons. In this part, I will explain the pros and cons of a **Bar Graph** in Excel.

#### Pros of Bar Graph in Excel

Here are some pros or advantages of a **Bar Graph** in Excel.

- You can use both numerical and categorical data for
**Bar Graphs**. - You can summarize a large set of data in a
**Bar Graph**. - It will help you to see close numbers.
- A
**Bar Graph**helps you to evaluate values at a glance.

#### Cons of Bar Graph in Excel

Some cons of the **Bar Graph** are given below:

- It only displays what is on the dataset.
- You will need to add an explanation with the
**Bar Graph**. - A
**Bar Graph**can not display causes, effects, or patterns.

## Difference Between Excel Histogram and Bar Graph

In this section, I will explain the difference between **Histogram** and **Bar Graph** in Excel.

The first thing you need to know is when to use a **Bar Graph** and when to use a **Histogram**. Well, it all depends on the data analysis that is required. If you want to see a specific category/item in comparison to another set of categories/items, you will need to use a **Bar Graph**. If you are looking at the number of times data points fall within a certain range then use a **Histogram**.

The way the data is set up will also give a clue as to which options one should use, **Histograms **have the data points in one column and the bin ranges or intervals in the column next to the data points column. **Bar Graphs** will not have interval ranges in the source data.

For better visualization, I have taken the following dataset. It contains the **Scored Percentage** of 20 students. I will make both a **Histogram** and a **Bar Graph** for this dataset to show the difference.

In the following picture, you can see that I have made a **Histogram** and a **Bar Graph** for this dataset. And you can see the difference easily. The **Histogram** shows how many students have scored a certain **Percentage** and the **Bar Graph** shows which student has scored what **Percentage**.

There are several key *differences between Excel Histogram and Bar Graph. Histograms* provide quantitative analysis and the data points are grouped into set intervals, while **Bar Graphs** are used to make comparisons across categories.

The below table shows the detailed difference between the **Bar Graph **and **Histogram**.

Histogram | Bar Graph |
---|---|

1. Graphical evaluation of data which represents data with bars to show the frequency of the numerical data. | 1. Represents data in bars for comparing different categories of data. |

2. The variables are non-discrete in the distribution. | 2. The variables are discrete. |

3. The bars have no spaces between them. | 3. The bars have spaces between them. |

4. Presents quantitative data. | 4. It presents numerical data. |

5. Elements are considered as ranges. | 5. Each and every element is taken as an individual unit. |

6. The width of the bars doesnâ€™t need to be the same. | 6. The width of the bars needs to be the same. |

7. Itâ€™s not possible to re-arrange the data once it is done. | 7. Re-arrange of blocks is common. |

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## Conclusion

In this article, I explained the difference between Excel **Histogram **and **Bar Graph**. I hope this article was clear to you. If you have any questions feel free to comment and let me know.

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