Reverse a Chart

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Steve Rynearson

Last updated on December 12, 2023

This article will demonstrate how to reverse the Axis of your chart in Excel.

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If you want to reverse the Axis of your chart in Excel, there are a few ways to do this.


Format Axis


  1. First, select the Y-axis of your chart

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  1. Then right-click and select Format Axis


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  1. Then, in the pane that appears on the right hand side of your screen, select Categories in reverse order.


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  1. You can also reverse the Y-axis.   Select the axis, right click  and then select format axis.

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  1. The values in the y-axis will be reversed, effectivly turning your chart upside down!



Sorting Data


If you have arranged your data in a certain order, you can reverse that order by sorting the data.  Say for example, you have a chart similar to the one shown below:

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  1. CLick in the data attached to the chart, and then, in the Ribbon, select  Home > Sort & Filter > Sort Smallest to Largest.


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  1. The data in your chart will automatically reverse itself by reversing the x-axis!


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