# How to Rotate Box and Whisker Plot in Excel

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To represent the variation in a set of data, we often try to apply a graphical display. A Box and Whisker Plot is just another kind of visual representation of data through graphs. In this article, I am going to explain in step by step process to rotate box and whisker plot in Excel. I will try to demonstrate it as simply as possible. I hope it will be very helpful for those who are having trouble to rotate box and whisker plot in Excel.

## What Is a Box and Whisker Plot?

In Excel, a box and whisker plot is a graphical depiction of a dataset’s numerical values. It displays the minimum, maximum, first quartile, second quartile (median), and third quartile as five numbers that represent the data as its whole. The median among them is a measure of the middle, whereas the others are measurements of dispersion. Therefore, a box plot displays the dataset’s center and the degree of dispersion from it.

## Step by Step Procedures to Rotate Box and Whisker Plot in Excel

In order to rotate the box and whisker plot, we have to create a box and whisker plot first and we can rotate that afterward. So, we can divide the whole process into 4 different sections. They are:

1. Calculate the Related Particulars to Create Box and Whisker Plot
2. Find out the Differences between those Particulars
3. Create a Box and Whisker Plot
4. Rotate Box and Whisker Plot

For the clarification of the whole process, I have considered the following dataset. In the dataset, I have decorated the Annual Result of a school in Name, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics columns. ### 1. Calculate Related Particulars for a Box and Whisker Plot

As it is mentioned before that a box and whisker plot shows a data set’s five-number summary. The minimum, 1st quartile, median, 3rd quartile, and maximum make up the five-number summary. So, this is the first step to calculate all of these particulars.

Steps:

• As the first parameter, calculate the minimum value of the available values. Here, I have calculated the minimum mark obtained in Physics using the following formula.
`=MIN(C5:C14)`

Here, the MIN function calculates the minimum value among the cells C5:C14. • Now, press ENTER to have the minimum value.  • Next, input the following formula to have the Quartile1 value.
`=QUARTILE.EXC(C5:C14,1)`

The QUARTILE.EXC function returns the quartile of the above dataset based on the first 25% values. • Hit the ENTER button to have the Quartile1 value. • AutoFill the cells connected with Quartile1. • In the following course of this step, apply the following formula to calculate the median value.
`=MEDIAN(C5:C14)`

Here, the MEDIAN function returns the central value of the dataset. • Now, press ENTER to have the median value. • Next, AutoFill the rest cells. • After that, use the following formula to have the Quartile3 value.
`=QUARTILE.EXC(C5:C14,3)`

The QUARTILE.EXC function returns the quartile of the above dataset based on the last 25% values. • To have the Quartile3 value, press ENTER. • For the related cells, use Fill Handle to AutoFill. • Along with these, input the following formula to have the maximum value.
`=MAX(C5:C14)`

The MAX function here calculates the maximum value among the cells C5:C14. • Hit the ENTER button. • AutoFill the connected cells. Read More: [Fixed!] Box and Whisker Plot Not Showing in Excel

### 2. Find Differences Between Those Particulars

Differences between those particulars play a vital role in creating box and whisker plot, actually, these are the main particulars with which we are gonna create box and whisker plot.

Steps:

• Input the following formula to have the value Up to Quartile1.
`=C18`

In this case, the value entered in cell C18 is equal to Up to Quartile1. • Next, apply the formula mentioned below to have the Median – Quartile1 value.
`=C19-C18`

Where,
C19 = Median
C18 = Quartile1 • Similarly, input the formula mentioned below to have the Quartile3 – Median value.
`=C20-C19`

Here,
C20 = Quartile3
C19 = Median • After that, find out the Whisker at Bottom using the following formula:
`=C18-C17`

Where,
C18 = Quartile1
C17 = Minimum • Lastly, find out the Whisker at Top using the following formula:
`=C21-C20`

Here,
C21 = Maximum
C20 = Quartile3 • Now, use Fill Handle to AutoFill the connected cells. ### 3. Create a Box and Whisker Plot

In the above two sections, I have tried to find out the related particulars to create box and whisker plot. We are going to create a box and whisker plot in this section.

Steps:

• As a first step to create a box and whisker plot, select the cells in Up to Quartile1, Median – Quartile1, Quartile3 – Median along with the titles.
• Next, go to the Insert tab.
• Then, click on Insert Column or Bar Chart from the ribbon.
• From the available options in the 2-D Column section, choose Stacked Column. • Afterward, select the lower quartile for all the bars.
• Click on Add Chart Element from the ribbon.
• Next, go to Error Bars and from there, pick More Error Bars Options. On the right side, a Format Error Bars wizard will appear.

• Choose Both as Direction.
• From the End Style section, pick Cap.
• To enter the Error Amount according to the dataset, select Custom and then, click on Specify Value. A Custom Error Bars wizard will come forward.

• As we are dealing with Quartile1, select all the cells in Whisker at Bottom in the Negative Error Value option. • Along with this, select the top quartile for all the bars.
• Then, click on Add Chart Element from the ribbon.
• Next, go to Error Bars and from there, pick More Error Bars Options. A Format Error Bars wizard will appear on the right side.

• Now, choose Both as Direction.
• From the End Style section, pick Cap.
• Select Custom and then, click on Specify Value to enter the Error Amount according to the dataset. A Custom Error Bars wizard will appear.

• As we are dealing with Quartile3, select all the cells in Whisker at Top in the Positive Error Value • Now, select all the lower quartile boxes.
• Apply No Fill from the Fill option. • Next, apply No Outline from the Outline option. • Then, select all the horizontal lines and press the Delete button to have them removed. Finally, we have our desired box and whisker plot. Read More: How to Add Horizontal Box and Whisker Plot in Excel

### 4. Rotate Box and Whisker Plot

We have created our box and whisker plot in the above section. Now, we are going to rotate the box and whisker plot.

Steps:

• Firstly, select the created box and whisker plot.
• Next, go to the Insert tab.
• Then, click on Insert Column or Bar Chart from the ribbon.
• From the available options in the 2-D Bar section, choose Stacked Bar. Thus, we can rotate the box and whisker plot with just a single command. ## Conclusion

That’s all for today. In the end, I like to explain in step by step process to rotate box and whisker plot in Excel. It will be a matter of great pleasure for me if this article could help any Excel user even a little. For any further queries, comment below. You can visit our Exceldemy site for more details on Excel. #### Naimul Hasan Arif

Hello, I am Arif. I am an Engineer who graduated from BUET. I want to pursue an enterprising career in a progressive environment where my skills & knowledge can be enhanced to their maximum potential to contribute to the overall success and growth of the organization.

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