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If you don't want to see them on the screen, go to menu Tools / Options, and in the view tab, in the Windows options section, you have a check box called Gridlines. Unmark it and the grid lines will disappear. The other place where you can show/hide gridline is on printed reports. Go to the menu file / page setup, and on the Sheet tab, in the print section, there is another checkbox for grid lines. Same as before, mark it to show the gridlines in the printed report. Hope this helps, Miguel.
Show All To make the data in a chart that displays axes easier to read, you can display horizontal and vertical chart gridlines. Gridlines extend from any horizontal and vertical axes across the plot area of the chart. You can also display depth gridlines in 3-D charts. Displayed for major and minor units, gridlines align with major and minor tick marks on the axes when tickmarks are displayed. You cannot display gridlines for chart types that do not display axes, such as pie charts and doughnut charts.
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click Primary Vertical Gridlines. This displays the Chart Tools. . click Gridlines. Click anywhere on the chart to which you want to add chart gridlines. and then click the option that you want. and then click the option that you want. Layout. such as a 3-D column chart. click Depth Gridlines. For more information. in the Axes group. 3. For secondary vertical gridlines. For secondary horizontal gridlines. in the Axes group. NOTE This option is only available when the selected chart is a true 3-D chart. For more information. adding the Design. see Add or remove a secondary axis in a chart.Display chart gridlines 1. TOP OF PAGE Hide chart gridlines 1. and then click the option that you want. and Format tabs. y For depth gridlines on a 3-D chart. Layout. see Add or remove a secondary axis in a chart. click Secondary Horizontal Gridlines. NOTE This option is only available for charts that display a secondary horizontal axis. click Secondary Vertical Gridlines. click Primary Horizontal Gridlines. and Format tabs. On the Layout tab. 2. Do one or more of the following: y y For horizontal gridlines. 2. NOTE This option is only available for charts that display a secondary vertical axis. On the Layout tab. click Gridlines. adding the Design. This displays the Chart Tools. Click anywhere on the chart to which you want to add chart gridlines. y y For vertical gridlines.
Click Secondary Horizontal Gridlines or Secondary Vertical Gridlines. but over the years people have learned a few tricks to generate charts like thi s: Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. control limits. Primary Vertical Gridlines. such as mean. and then click None. or Depth Gridlines (on a 3-D chart). and then press DELETE.3. See "Flexible Log Axes" at http://www. NOTE y Select the horizontal or vertical chart gridlines that you want to remove. Show statistics.com .tushar-mehta. You can use this technique for many purposes: y y y Show target or cut off levels for the plotted values. etc. Arbitrary Gridlines Don't you wish you had more control over Excel's chart gridlines? Wouldn't you like Excel to draw gridlines where you want them? There isn't a lot of built in support for this. 10 pt. with arbitrary spacing (and arbitrary labels). Do one or more of the following: y y Click Primary Horizontal Gridlines. Generate log or probability gridline scales with your own scale parameters. and then click None. These options are only available when a chart has secondary horizontal or vertical axes. Font color: Black Here is how to get your own custom gridlines.
1 3.9 2.7 1.) Chart 2 shows the dummy gridline data plotted. .2 3.2 Label alpha beta gamma delta epsilon eta theta To make gridlines parallel to the X axis.6 4. put the values under X and zeros --or Y axis minimums--under Y. The Axis Y values correspond to the places I w ant my axis ticks. which demonstrates how to put axis ticks and labels at arbitrary positions along an axis. 10 pt. all my X values are equal to the Y axis minimum (zero in this case). while I'm at it) is shown below: Axis X 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Axis Y 0. Font color: Black The data I will use to generate my gridlines (and labels. Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. (To generate gridlines parallel to the Y axis. as a series of magenta squares along the Y axis.This technique is closely related to that in Arbitrary Axis Scale. Chart 1 is a scatter chart showing 40 randomly generated data points.2 1. I use a slightly different approach in Add a Horizontal Line to a Column Chart .
Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. then change the label to display the desired text. using the technique described in Arbitrary Axis Scale. long enough to stretch across the plot area. I also manually set the X axis maximum. 10 pt. Font color: Black In Chart 4. but even I use 97). 10 pt. It's compatible with every version of Excel since 97 (and I think there's also an earlier version. a free and absolutely must have add -in availabl e from http://www. I have added positive X Error Bars to my dummy series. (The error bars are magenta for clarity). adding the error bars causes Excel to extend the axis scale. aligned to the left of the points. The easiest way to get the grid labels is to apply data labels to each point in the dummy series.Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. . I have added dummy labels to the gridlines. To do this easily. you need Rob Bovey's XY Chart Labeler. Use the Labeler to add the 'Labels' to the dummy series added abov e.appspro. Font color: Black In Chart 3. See the magenta labels in Chart 4.com.
minor ticks. My Simulated Probability Chart Example (below) is an application of the Arbitrary Axis Scale and Arbitrary Gridlines techniques. I removed the original (default) horizontal gridlines. I adjusted the size of the plot and the X axis scales.) Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. (Single click twice --don't double click--on the legend entry until only the entry is selected. Font color: Black In Chart 5 I have cleaned things up for presentation.Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. and formatted the dummy series ("Grid Y") to have no marker. then press delete. Font color: Black Now wasn't that easy!? DummySeries. 10 pt. In the patterns tab of the Format Y Axis dialog. I changed all the magenta stuff to black. I formatted my custom gridlines so they were hairline width (like the default ones) and I removed the crossbar (the "T") at their ends. or an arbitrary axis (see Arbitrary Axis Scale). and tick labels to "none". 10 pt. I set the major ticks. .zip is a zipped Excel file with an easy demonstration of the steps to create arbitrary gridlines. I removed the "Axis Y" entry from the legend.
so neither a Line chart nor an XY Scatter chart will do. 10 pt. . Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. 10 pt. The data is sparse for early times and dense later. Font color: Blue This zipped Excel file has yet another example of a chart using an arbitrary axis scale and gridlines.Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. Font color: Blue The Reciprocal Axis Chart is another implementation of these techniques.
3.com/Excel/Charts/ArbitraryGridlines.Formatted: Font: (Default) Verdana. Click on the Page Layout tab. Check the Print box under Gridlines on the ribbon in order to activate the feature. Check the Print box under Headings in order to activate this feature as well. see the image to the right. 10 pt. These features are not. Open a worksheet that contains data or quickly add data to the first four or five columns and rows. How to Print Gridlines and Headings in Excel Note: For help with this example. 2. however.html#ixzz0wDGUiDCl Printing gridlines and row and column headings often makes it easier to read data in your spreadsheet. This article shows you how to enable both features in Excel 2007. 1. automatically enabled in Excel. . 4. Font color: Blue Read more: Arbitrary Gridlineshttp://peltiertech.
the row numbers and column letters of the cells containing data should be also be visible in print preview. Click on the print preview button on the Quick Access Toolbar in order to preview your worksheet before printing it. 7. Dotted lines should outline the cells containing data in print preview. 6. As well. .5.
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