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Creating a two-axis chart with different value scales

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Video: Creating a two-axis chart with different value scales

When you need to display more than one data series but use two different scales, you can create a two-axes chart. Two-axes chart lets you use two different Y-axes each with different scales. Our Energy Saving Plan spreadsheet has a table with data that fits this bill. So let's create a two-axes chart with this table. First we'll select the table. You can click the table name in the Sheets pane. And now we'll create the chart by clicking the Charts button on the Toolbar and selecting 2-axes chart, which appears at the very bottom left-hand side.

Creating a two-axis chart with different value scales

When you need to display more than one data series but use two different scales, you can create a two-axes chart. Two-axes chart lets you use two different Y-axes each with different scales. Our Energy Saving Plan spreadsheet has a table with data that fits this bill. So let's create a two-axes chart with this table. First we'll select the table. You can click the table name in the Sheets pane. And now we'll create the chart by clicking the Charts button on the Toolbar and selecting 2-axes chart, which appears at the very bottom left-hand side.

This creates a default 2-axes chart. Let's stretch it out, so it's a little bit easier to read. And as you can see it's currently not displaying the data in the best way. The % Increase, which appears at the bottom of our table, should really use a different scale than the year 2007. Notice we have an axes on the left or Y1 axis with a scale and the on the right hand side we have a second Y axis displaying a different scale. So let's fix this up so it looks proper. We'll start by selecting the series for 2007, currently represented by a line.

We can click the line anywhere to select that series. And notice in our Chart Inspector, which opens up automatically by the way, the Series Type is set to Line. We can change this to Column. Now you can see we have got different columns using different scales. 2007 according to our Chart Inspector is plotted on the Y1 axis. But for 2008 it appears to be using a different scale. So let's select that series by clicking any green bar. It should really use the scale on the left. If we look at our Chart Inspector, it's using the Y2 axis.

But we can change that by clicking the button and choosing Value Axis Y1. Now we can see our % Increase represented by the orange bars. Notice it automatically changed the scale on the right to percentages, which is perfect for the type of data displayed in our table. Now let's select that series. This time we'll click the little orange block next to % Increase in the table. That also allows us to select the entire series. Let's change Series Type to Line. Right now it's a Column. When we change it to Line this is probably the best way to view our data. We'll click anywhere on the Canvas to deselect. So there you have it. Data Series in one chart using different Y-axis scales, a great way to combine different types of data.

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Numbers '09 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 7m 17s
    1. Launching Numbers and exploring templates
      2m 24s
    2. Exploring the user interface
      2m 45s
    3. Customizing the user interface
      2m 8s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. Creating and opening spreadsheets
      1m 12s
    2. Importing spreadsheets
      1m 48s
    3. Saving and exporting spreadsheets
      2m 39s
    4. Working with sheets
      3m 0s
    5. Laying out sheets
      3m 7s
    6. Headers, footers, and page numbering
      3m 50s
  4. 48m 42s
    1. Adding tables
      2m 43s
    2. Modifying tables
      2m 39s
    3. Working with content in table cells
      4m 55s
    4. Using controls
      5m 0s
    5. Working with rows and columns
      4m 59s
    6. Table headers and footers
      5m 24s
    7. Auto-filling table cells
      3m 50s
    8. Working with table cells
      3m 17s
    9. Using table categories
      4m 18s
    10. Reorganizing table data
      3m 7s
    11. Defining reusable tables
      3m 38s
    12. Copying tables
      2m 48s
    13. Using Address Book data
      2m 4s
  5. 14m 4s
    1. Using table styles
      2m 3s
    2. Overriding table styles
      1m 51s
    3. Redefining a table's style
      2m 31s
    4. Copying and pasting table styles
      2m 46s
    5. Creating, renaming, and deleting table styles
      3m 41s
    6. Using the default table style
      1m 12s
  6. 18m 24s
    1. Using formulas
      3m 47s
    2. Using the Formula bar and Formula Editor
      3m 52s
    3. Using cell references
      3m 25s
    4. Using functions
      4m 15s
    5. Using Formula List view
      3m 5s
  7. 32m 48s
    1. Adding a chart
      2m 42s
    2. Creating a mixed chart
      2m 33s
    3. Modifying chart data
      2m 23s
    4. Adding data to a chart from multiple tables
      2m 20s
    5. Changing a chart from one type to another
      2m 19s
    6. Formatting general chart attributes
      4m 56s
    7. Using trend lines and error bars
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a two-axis chart with different value scales
      2m 34s
    9. Formatting 3D charts
      5m 15s
    10. Linking charts to Pages and Keynote
      2m 25s
  8. 32m 56s
    1. Adding, removing, and selecting text
      3m 24s
    2. Formatting text
      4m 11s
    3. Formatting numbers
      6m 53s
    4. Conditional formatting
      3m 28s
    5. Using special characters
      3m 57s
    6. Using hyperlinks
      2m 33s
    7. Checking spelling
      4m 58s
    8. Find and Replace
      3m 32s
  9. 37m 25s
    1. Using text boxes
      5m 9s
    2. Copying text to a text box
      2m 26s
    3. Paragraph formatting
      3m 14s
    4. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 50s
    5. Working with shapes
      4m 29s
    6. Adding and adjusting images
      2m 46s
    7. Masking objects
      3m 50s
    8. Using Instant Alpha
      2m 0s
    9. Inserting media files
      3m 37s
    10. Aligning and layering objects
      6m 4s
  10. 11m 46s
    1. Printing a sheet
      4m 8s
    2. Password-protecting and emailing spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    3. Sharing spreadsheets with iWork.com
      4m 2s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Designing a template
      5m 26s
    2. Creating initial spreadsheet content
      2m 54s
    3. Creating media placeholders
      2m 33s
    4. Saving a custom template
      1m 44s
  12. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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