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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Excel 2016 Charts - X Axis Date Units

Date Units on the X Axis- Excel

I was working on a dashboard in Excel 2016 and I ran into something a bit frustrating. So, I thought I would share it since I am assuming others have run into the problem as well.
Below is a picture of my data and my chart - See anything wrong with it?
OK- now don't get too picky - this is before I formatted or updated anything - so what's wrong with it?

Take a look at my X axis..
The X axis shows 1/1/2016, 2/1/2016 instead of what is actually shown in Column A, which is the last day of each month.  I have used this same data and charted it in other versions and never ran into this particular issue so I was a  bit surprised.
Apparently Excel 2016 and probably Excel 2013's unit default is month.
To fix this problem, right-click on the X axis and on the Format Axis pane, change the Base to Days.

Once you do that, magically the dates in my chart now match the dates in my worksheet.

Ms. Excel- Resident Excel Geek