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    Hi,

    I am trying to put drop lines into a scatter graph.

    These will basically connect up the markers on the graph with a vertical line (going from the maximum to the minimun) at each point in time.

    I am having difficulty finding how I add this in via the options in Excel Charting.

    Does anyone know if it's possible ?

    Here is a screenshot which explains more what I want to do (the red line)

    http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/787/questionvp2.jpg

    Many thanks for any help!

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    Here's one way:

    Say:
    A1:A4 has 1,2,3,4
    B1:B4 has 2,3,5,6
    C1:C4 has 5,4,7,8
    D1:D4 has 4,6,8,2

    To get your vertical line between the minimum and maximum values, insert two blank lines after each of the original rows, and repeat the values in A:A, ending up with column A, thus:
    A1 =1
    A2 =1
    A3 =1

    A4 =2
    A5 =2
    A6 =2
    and so on.

    Now, use the last, empty column, column D, in my example, to enter:
    D1 = minimum value of B1:C1, that is, 2
    D2 = maximum value of B1:C1, 5
    D3 =blank

    D4 = minimum value of B4:C4, 3
    D5 = maximum value of B4:C4, 4
    D6 =blank

    and so on.

    Now, highlight the range A1:D12, and create your graph.
    Right click on any of the lines shown for column D, click on Format Data Series, chose the Patterns tab, then the Color:, and chose your red, then OK. Done.

    If you need to draw the line between the data in any column, just repeat the original values in the two curently blank cell just below. For example, to draw the line for column B, do this:
    B1 =2 (original value)
    B2 =2 (was blank)
    B3 =2 (was blank)

    B4 =3 (original value)
    B5 =3 (was blank)
    B6 =3 (was blank)

    and so on.
    Ralph A. Esquivel, Excel 97 SR2 (Ver. 8.0), Windows XP, Home Edition, Service Pack 2, HP LaserJet 4L printer.

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