Chart Question - Please help


New Member
Aug 27, 2010

I am really struggling trying to figure this one out and am hoping that one of you guru's can assist me :(

I have 4 columns of data,

A = Title of issue,
B = Volume, (Bar Chart)
C = Cumulative % over total, (Line Chart)
D = Description.

I have created a Pareto Chart, Title (Column A) on the Horizontal axis, Volume up the left Vertical axis for and 5 on Right vertical axis.

I would like to hover my mouse over each of the Bars and would like it to display the description.

How can i do this easily?

Your help would be very much appreciated.

Gerald Higgins

Well-known Member
Mar 26, 2007
In Excel 2003, when you hover over the bars in a bar chart, you get a small box which displays the series name, the point number or name, and the value.

You don't need to do anything to set this up, it all happens automatically.


New Member
Aug 27, 2010
Hi Gerald,

It's that information you mention that i specifically dont need to be displayed, as the graph will already show that witht he axis and lebels.

It's the column not included in the displayed data i want to see. I.e Column 4 - Description.

Any ideas?


New Member
Aug 27, 2010
Sure :eek:)

This isn't the actual table, but if you use this as a starting point.

A1 = "Title",
B1 = "Volume of products sold", (Used for Bar Chart)
C1 = "Cumulative % over total", (Line Chart) (Ignore for now)
D1 = "Description" (of each of Column A titles) i.e what they mean.

For example,
A2 = Essential Items - D2 = Household appliances such as Washing Machines, Fridges, Cookers, etc).
A3 = Luxury Items - D3 = Items such as Dishwashers, Tumble Dryers, etc.
A4 = Entertainment - D4 = TV's, DVD Players, PCs etc.

When i highlight the volume in the chart for Essential Items, in this case data from cell B2 on the Bar chart, i want it to say "Household applianes such as Washing Machines, Fridges, Cookers, etc and nothing else."

Does that make more sense?

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