waterfall chart scale

lhumble

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I'm working on implementing a waterfall chart into some month end cash flows charts and am having trouble with the scale. I have an inflow that is infinitely bigger than all the other inflows and am wondering how to "hide" a portion of the graph so all the inflows show up on the graph. Just for examples sake let's say, most of my inflows are $1000 but one is $1,000,000. Is there a way to insert a break in the graph to cut out $300,000-$700,000?

I am using Microsoft Excel 2003
 
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Mark-UK

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Hi,

Try right click on the y-axes and select the scale tab tick the box that says logarthimic.
 

dafan

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Even though Mark's suggestion probably would work, it will distort the information you are trying to represent. Even with a break in a graph you are really distorting the visual information you are presenting. I wouldn't suggest anyone to use it, maybe in a case where you just want to point out an abnormal month or something.

I looked around for a bit and who else but Jon Peltier has an excellent guide on setting up exactly what you want:
http://peltiertech.com/Excel/Charts/BrokenYAxis.html
 

lhumble

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That was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much for the help!

-levi
 
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