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Interactive data entry and updating

Date formatting can be a little tricky, so I’ll drag the bottom right corner of the cell down to populate the cell automatically.Of course, I could do this manually — I’d just have to lay out my date in the same format as preceding rows.

Charts help shorten the decision-making process, as we can immediately see our results and where we need to make changes.Lay out your information, double-check that every column has a sensible header, and you’ll be ready for the next step..Rather than just making your data look neat and tidy, they help you group information together.You won’t have to depend on others to manipulate or mess up the chart, and you won’t have to do all that extra work either.You don’t need any Visual Basic skills, but you do need to understand the basic fundamentals of Microsoft Excel charts.The difficulty in handling data and charting is that you constantly have to go back to the chart and update it for new data. I’m going to show you three easy steps to creating charts in Microsoft Excel that self-update.

All you’ll have to do is add data to the spreadsheet, and the chart will automatically graph it.

To add more data, simply add another line at the bottom of your existing chart.

Since my Date column dictates the values on the X-axis of my chart, I’ll start there.

Next, we need to test whether our self-updating chart actually works.

Fortunately, this is by far the easiest part of the process.

You can now use the chart indefinitely, simply by adding more rows to the table.