Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007 and 2010. 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: Reordering the Display of a Data Series.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 16, 2018)
When you create a chart in Excel, you may have a need to change the order in which the data series are displayed in the chart. One way to do this, of course, is to change the order of the data in the underlying worksheet range. For instance, you can sort the data in the worksheet range, and the change in order should be reflected in the chart based on that data.
Another way is to manually customize the chart to rearrange the data series. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Select Data Source dialog box.
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