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How to Create a Box Plot (Box & Whisker Chart) in Excel

There is no built-in Box Plot chart type in Excel. Follow the steps in this slide show to create a box plot by using a Stacked Column Chart and Error Bars.

How to Create a Box Plot (Box & Whisker Chart) in Excel

  1. 1. 2 Regions – Monthly Sales
  2. 2. Show Number Distribution with Box Plot
  3. 3. Calculate Min, Max, Median, Quartile 1 and Quartile 3
  4. 4. Box 1 - Hidden = Quartile 1Box 2 – Lower = Median – Q1Box 3 – Upper = Q3 - Median
  5. 5. Create simpleformulas to calculatebox heights
  6. 6. What is the length of top whisker and bottom whisker?Top Whisker = Max – Q3Bottom Whisker = Q1 - Min
  7. 7. Create simpleformulas to calculatewhisker lengths
  8. 8. Select Box heightlabels andcalculations, andcreate a stackedcolumn chart
  9. 9. Change bottombox to No Filland No Border
  10. 10. Add Positive Error Baron Upper Box- Use Whisker Topcalculations as CustomError Value
  11. 11. Add Negative Error Baron Hidden Box- Use Whisker Bottomcalculations as CustomError Value
  12. 12. Change Visible Boxes to Light Gray, with Dark Gray BorderClick here to see the details for building a Box Plot in Excel
  13. 13. Quick and painless complex charts with Excel charting add-in.Create Box Plots, Waterfall Charts, and more…Click here to see the details on the time-saving Excel Charting Utility

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