If your intent is to simulate a bar chart using worksheet cells, why not just use cell color fill to simulate bars? You could (if desired) make the color fill depend on the values in the cells using Conditional Formatting to set the cell fill color, and have it also set the font color the same time so that the text in the cell does not appear.
Yeah, that's a decent workaround solution and one that I'm using but I was wondering if anyone had any luck with the chart wizard using non-numeric data. If you try to make a chart, it always uses numbers in some way and that just doesn't exist in my data.
I suppose I could use numbers to get the bars I want but then I'd need to be able to re-label the x axis to represent the non-numeric data I'm trying to depict.
I'm not sure if this is what you were referring to in your second paragraph, but in case it isn't I'll offer it up. You could use worksheet formulas to translate the non-numeric data into numeric data in another area of the worksheet or in another worksheet, then chart the numeric data. This way, the numeric data need not even be visible.