Adjusting Trendlines in a Chart

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 10, 2017)

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Patricio noted that in earlier versions of Excel (Excel 2003) when working with a line chart he could grab the trendline and move it up or down. Doing so would cause the data associated with the line to change accordingly. He found this functionality helpful for evaluating trends and forecasting. In Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 the actual data table has to be modified; Patricio hasn't found a way to move the trendline in the chart itself. He wonders if the feature has been removed from Excel or if there is there some setting he needs to configure in the program.

Patricio is correct; this capability was removed from Excel 2007 and not put into Excel 2010. (In the words of Microsoft folk, the feature was "deprecated.") There is some talk about it being placed back into future versions of Excel, but only time will tell if that happens.

One thing that you might be interested in is a free Excel add-in that provides some of the capabilities of the removed feature. You can read more about it at Microsoft's Office blog, here:

http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-excel/archive/2009/11/02/excel-add-in-for-manipulating-points-on-charts-mpoc.aspx

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12155) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-07-24 17:37:01

d neilsen

wow - didn't know about this. it's great


2017-07-24 12:41:15

Barry

I believe Maps is only available in North America. Sorry.


2017-07-24 10:46:07

Greg

Diito no Maps in the UK either


2017-07-24 10:10:14

Aussie2

I don't have an "offline maps" entry in start > system.
Is this because I am outside USA or do I need to take steps to show it?
[I have administrative rights].
(see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. My system settings


2017-07-24 08:26:33

Tom

Great tip. Did not know about Maps. For people that liked to navigate with MS Streets and Trips, this is a good replacement.


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