Most of the time, users usually have raw data and want to find or insert graphs in Excel. Inserting a **Cumulative Distribution Graph** can be an effective way to showcase the raw data. There are multiple ways to make a cumulative distribution graph in Excel. Making a **Frequency Table**, applying** the NORM.DIST function**, and using the **Actual Frequency** to find the cumulative data (i.e., **Frequency** or **Percentage**), then users can use the data to insert any desired graph as the cumulative distribution graph in Excel.

Letâ€™s say we have the following data to make a cumulative distribution graph of. The below data represents the individual heights in meters.

In this article, we demonstrate multiple methods to make a cumulative distribution graph in Excel.

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**3 Easy Ways to Make a Cumulative Distribution Graph in Excel**

There is no special graph known as the **Cumulative Distribution Graph**. The cumulative distribution of certain data and inserting a typical graph of them is referred to as the **Cumulative Distribution Graph**. So, the main theme is how users find the** Cumulative Distribution** of their data. Here, we will discuss the **3** most common approaches to finding the cumulative distribution and, thereafter, inserting its graph. Follow any of these methods to make a cumulative distribution graph in Excel.

**Method 1: Making a Frequency Table to Insert a Cumulative Distribution Graph**

Within the existing data, find the maximum (using** the MAX function**), minimum (using **the MIN function**) values, and the data **Range** (interval between the **Max** and** Min** values divided by the **Bin** value). To make a frequency table and then insert a cumulative distribution graph, go through the steps below.

**Step 1:** Type the below formula into the **G7** cell.

`=$G$4+F7*$I$4`

**Step 2:** Drag the **Fill Handle** to display the upper limits within the range.

**Step 3:** Write the following formula in **H7** to display all the frequencies. Press **CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER** (except **Excel** or **Office 365**) to execute the formula.

`=FREQUENCY(C:C,G7:G10)`

**The FREQUENCY function** is an array function and takes **C:C** as its **data_array** and** G7:G1**0 as its **bins_array** arguments.

**Step 4:** After executing the formula, find the cumulative frequencies using consecutive addition as done in the below picture.

`=I7+H8`

**Step 5:** Prepare a simple data representation consisting of the range and cumulative frequencies. Afterward, go to** Insert** > Choose any graph type from the **Charts** section (here **Insert Line or Area Chart** is chosen).

đź”ş Furnish the graph according to your taste. Also, you can use the **Format Axis** side window to adjust the plot area. The final depiction of the cumulative distribution graph may look similar to the picture below.

**Read More:** **How to Plot Frequency Distribution in Excel (4 Easy Ways)**

**Method 2: Applying NORM.DIST Function to Find a Cumulative Distribution Plot in Excel**

**The NORM.DIST function** returns the **normal distribution**, maintaining a fixed **Mean** and **Standard Deviation**. Therefore, users need to find the **Mean** and **Standard Deviation** of the existing entries. However, by assigning the **Cumulative **argument to **True**, the normal distribution becomes the cumulative distribution.

**Step 1: **First sort the data using the **Custom Sort** option (smallest to largest). After that, find the **Mean** using **the AVERAGE function** in cell **D4**.

`=AVERAGE(C:C)`

**Step 2:** Calculate the **Standard Deviation** using **the** **STDEV function** in cell **E4**.

`=STDEV(C:C)`

**Step 3:** The syntax of **the NORM.DIST function** is

`NORM.DIST(x,mean,standard_dev,cumulative)`

Insert the following formula into cell **F4**, then drag the** Fill Handle** to display all the percentages.

`=NORM.DIST(C4,$D$4,$E$4,TRUE)`

**Step 4:** Highlight the **Height** and **Cumulative Distribution %** column then move to **Insert** > **Chart** section > Choose any chart to depict the data into (here **Scatter with Smooth Lines** chart is chosen).

đź”ş Instantly, Excel displays the cumulative distribution graph. Modify the graph according to your needs, similar to the depiction in the picture below.

**Read More:** **How to Plot Normal Distribution in Excel (With Easy Steps)**

**Method 3: Using Actual Frequency to Make a Cumulative Distribution Graph**

Sometimes users need to find the incurred cumulative percentages as entries go by. In such cases, users usually have hundreds of rows.

**Step 1:** Use the **Custom Sort **to organize the data in ascending order, then write the below formula in the **D4** cell.

`=1/COUNT(C:C)`

**Step 2:** In **D5**, use the following formula and apply the **Fill Handle** to populate other cells.

`=1/COUNT(C:C)+D4`

**Step 3:** Go to **Insert** >** Charts** section > Select any chart (**Scatter with Straight Lines**).

đź”ş In a moment, Excel inserts the **Cumulative Distribution Chart**. Add **Chart** and **Axis** titles and use the **Format Axis** window to best fit the plot area.

â§ To best fit or adjust the plot area, double click on any axis value and the** Format Axis** side window appears. Provide your preferred **Bounds** as depicted in the image below to increase the appeal.

**Read More:** **How to Create a Distribution Chart in Excel (2 Handy Methods)**

**Conclusion**

This article demonstrates the methods for compiling cumulative distribution data and then making a cumulative distribution graph in Excel. The applicability of these methods depends on the data types. We hope you find the above-described methods useful in your case. Comment if you have further inquiries or have anything to add.

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