Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Using Graphics to Represent Data Series.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 11, 2015)
Excel is great at creating all sorts of charts from your data. You can even customize the charts to your heart's content. One of the customizations you can make is to replace the regular bars (in a bar chart) with your own graphics. For instance, you might have a small graphic of a house that you want to use for the bars. This could be great if you wanted to used "stacked" houses to represent, for instance, housing starts in an area.
To use your own graphics in place of Excel's built-in bars, follow these steps if you re using Excel 2007 or Excel 2010:
Figure 1. The Fill options of the Format Data Series dialog box.
If you are using Excel 2013 the steps are a bit different because Microsoft did away with the Format Data Series dialog box and replaced it with a task pane. Here are the steps:
Figure 2. The Fill options of the Format Data Series dialog box.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6156) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Using Graphics to Represent Data Series.
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