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Tip 90: Using High-Low Lines in a Chart
Using High-Low Lines in a Chart
Excel supports a number of stock market charts, which are normally used to display stock market
data. For example, you can create a chart that shows a stock’s daily high, low, and closing prices. That
particular chart type requires three data series.
But stock market charts aren’t just for stock prices. Figure 90-1 shows a chart that depicts daily
temperatures for a month. The vertical lines (called high-low lines ) show the temperature range for the day.
This chart was created with a single command. I selected the range A3:D34, chose Insert➜Charts➜
Other Charts, and selected the High-Low-Close option. You can, of course, format the high-low lines
any way you like. And you may prefer to have the average temperatures connected with a line.
Figure 90-1: Using a stock market chart to plot temperature data.
When creating stock market charts, the order of the data for the chart series is critical. Because I
chose the High-Low-Close chart type, the series must be arranged in that order. In this case, the
“Close” data corresponds to Average temperatures.
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