Excel Bar Chart Side by Side with Secondary Axis

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If you are searching for a solution or some special tricks to make a bar chart side-by-side secondary axis in Excel. then you have landed in the right place. There is a quick way to make a bar chart side by side secondary axis in Excel. This article will show you each step with proper illustrations so, you can easily apply them for your purpose. Let’s get into the main part of the article.

Excel Bar Chart with Secondary Axis Side by Side: Step-by-Step Procedure

Suppose, you have a dataset containing the sales quantity of two products for 6 months and you want to make a bar chart with this data.

Excel Bar Chart Side by Side with Secondary Axis

But, after making a simple 2D Column Bar chart, you have found that sales of product B are very high and of product, A is very low, so in the bar chart, the heights of product A columns are very small. Here, it is necessary to add a secondary axis for this.

Excel Bar Chart Side by Side with Secondary Axis

In this section, I will show you a quick and easy method to make a bar chart side by side secondary axis in Excel on the Windows operating system. You will find detailed explanations of methods and formulas here. I have used the Microsoft 365 version here. But you can use any other versions as of your availability. If any methods won’t work in your version then leave us a comment.

Step 1: Insert 2 New Columns

You have to play a trick to make a secondary axis in a bar chart showing columns on sides because, in Excel, there isn’t any default option to create this.

  • For this, create two new columns between the product columns. Just rightclick on column D and select the Insert

Insert 2 New Columns

  • You will see a new column will be created. Rename it Column 1. Then similarly add column 2.

Insert 2 New Columns

Step 2: Make Bar Chart

Now, select the full data table and make a Bar chart. Now, you will see a similar chart created.

Make Bar Chart

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Step 3: Apply Secondary Axis

Now, select any of the bar groups and right-click on it. Here, you will find the Format Data Series option. Press on it.

Apply Secondary Axis

  • Now a new window will appear on the right side of the worksheet.
  • Select the Secondary Axis option here.

Apply Secondary Axis

  • As a result, you will see a new secondary vertical axis on the right side of the chart which is giving the values for product B and the left side axis is giving the values for product A.

Apply Secondary Axis

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Step 4: Remove Extra Columns

Now, you can remove the columns and add extra to make the bar chart secondary axis side by side.

  • For this, rightclick on the legend on the chart.
  • And, select the Delete

Remove Extra Columns

  • Now, you have got finally the bar chart with the secondary axis side by side.

Excel Bar Chart Side by Side with Secondary Axis

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  1. Many thanks for this – brilliant way to leverage Excel graphing – appreciated!

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