In my prior post, I sketched a few options for a performing arts organization’s fictional ticket sales data:



I intentionally separated the year-by-year bars from the total bar with a little extra space. I don’t want all the bars mushed together.

Easy to sketch on paper.

But easy in Excel?


Here’s the default Excel graph.




Here’s the mostly edited version: reduced clutter; custom color; labels directly beside the data; reduced gap width.



The secret strategy for nudging one of the bars over to the right: Add an empty column to your data table.



Bonus: Download my spreadsheet. Apply my secret to your own projects. Post a comment and let me know how you’ve applied this technique!