#### Charting data points and show a target range on the same chart.

```Can anyone offer advise on how to make a chart of data points (line) with in
a particular range of target values?  Speciffically, I am try to chart the pH
values of my fish tank.   I know how to plot the data points on a line graph,
but I'd like to add a visual "highlighted" target range section.  Ie, my data
records the pH for three days (8.2, 8.4, 8.5).  pH on the y-axis and the date
on the x-axis.  The acceptable range for the pH values for a saltwater tank
is 8.1 - 8.5  How can I indicate this target range within the chart?  Once I
learn how to do this I can apply it to other tests (nitrates etc..)
i'd sure appreciate some help...

```
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```If it were me, I'd plot this using a control chart.   Take a look at Jon
Peltier's example here:

http://www.peltiertech.com/Excel/Charts/RunChtLines.html

"Minireefkeeper" wrote:

> Can anyone offer advise on how to make a chart of data points (line) with in
> a particular range of target values?  Speciffically, I am try to chart the pH
> values of my fish tank.   I know how to plot the data points on a line graph,
> but I'd like to add a visual "highlighted" target range section.  Ie, my data
> records the pH for three days (8.2, 8.4, 8.5).  pH on the y-axis and the date
> on the x-axis.  The acceptable range for the pH values for a saltwater tank
> is 8.1 - 8.5  How can I indicate this target range within the chart?  Once I
> learn how to do this I can apply it to other tests (nitrates etc..)
> i'd sure appreciate some help...
>
```
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BarbR (262)
4/16/2005 1:50:01 AM
```There are several ways to do this.  The example illustrates an approach that
uses a combined line - stacked column chart:

To add the highlighted range and assuming you acceptable range is 8.1 - 8.5,
set your data up like below.  The first column is the date or time of your ph
reading.  The second column is you ph reading.  The third and fourth columns
will be used to set up highlighted range.  The third column is the bottom of
the range you want to highlight.  The fourth column is the top of the range
you want to highlight.

4/16/2004	    8.3	8.1	0.4
4/17/2004	    8.6	8.1	0.4
4/18/2004	    8.4	8.1	0.4
4/19/2004	    8.2	8.1	0.4
4/20/2004	    8.4	8.1	0.4
4/21/2004	    8.6	8.1	0.4

Assuming the data set above spans the range A1:D6, create a Stacked Column
chart based on the entire data set.

Next, click once on the series in the stacked column chart that contains
your actual data (it's the bottom column within each stacked column).
Right-click on your mouse and select Chart Type -> Line ->OK.

Click once on the bottom set of columns.  Right-click on your mouse and
select Selected Object.  In the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the
Patterns tab.  Set the Border = None and the Area = None.

Click once on the middle set of columns (they should be the only columns
appearing in the chart now.  Right-click on your mouse and select Selected
Object.  In the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the Patterns tab.  Set
the Border = None.  Finally, still within the Format Data Series dialog box,
go to the options tab and set the gap width to zero.

----
Regards,
John Mansfield
http://www.pdbook.com

"Minireefkeeper" wrote:

> Can anyone offer advise on how to make a chart of data points (line) with in
> a particular range of target values?  Speciffically, I am try to chart the pH
> values of my fish tank.   I know how to plot the data points on a line graph,
> but I'd like to add a visual "highlighted" target range section.  Ie, my data
> records the pH for three days (8.2, 8.4, 8.5).  pH on the y-axis and the date
> on the x-axis.  The acceptable range for the pH values for a saltwater tank
> is 8.1 - 8.5  How can I indicate this target range within the chart?  Once I
> learn how to do this I can apply it to other tests (nitrates etc..)
> i'd sure appreciate some help...
>
```
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4/16/2005 5:50:03 PM
```A second, and easier method is to use a stacked area chart.  Assuming the
same data set,

4/16/2004	8.3	8.1	0.4
4/17/2004	8.6	8.1	0.4
4/18/2004	8.4	8.1	0.4
4/19/2004	8.2	8.1	0.4
4/20/2004	8.4	8.1	0.4
4/21/2004	8.6	8.1	0.4

Select the range.  Go to the Chart Wizard and, under the standard types,
select -> Area - > Stacked Area.  Go though the rest of the Chart Wizard
prompts until your appears on you page.

Click once on the series at the bottom of the chart.  Right-click on you
mouse.  Select Chart Type -> Line -> OK.

Click once on the series at the bottom of the chart.  Right-click on you
mouse.  Select Selected Object.  In the Format Data Series -> Patterns Tab,
set the border = None and the Patterns = None.

----
Regards,
John Mansfield
http://www.pdbook.com

"John Mansfield" wrote:

> There are several ways to do this.  The example illustrates an approach that
> uses a combined line - stacked column chart:
>
> To add the highlighted range and assuming you acceptable range is 8.1 - 8.5,
> set your data up like below.  The first column is the date or time of your ph
> reading.  The second column is you ph reading.  The third and fourth columns
> will be used to set up highlighted range.  The third column is the bottom of
> the range you want to highlight.  The fourth column is the top of the range
> you want to highlight.
>
> 4/16/2004	    8.3	8.1	0.4
> 4/17/2004	    8.6	8.1	0.4
> 4/18/2004	    8.4	8.1	0.4
> 4/19/2004	    8.2	8.1	0.4
> 4/20/2004	    8.4	8.1	0.4
> 4/21/2004	    8.6	8.1	0.4
>
> Assuming the data set above spans the range A1:D6, create a Stacked Column
> chart based on the entire data set.
>
> Next, click once on the series in the stacked column chart that contains
> your actual data (it's the bottom column within each stacked column).
> Right-click on your mouse and select Chart Type -> Line ->OK.
>
> Click once on the bottom set of columns.  Right-click on your mouse and
> select Selected Object.  In the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the
> Patterns tab.  Set the Border = None and the Area = None.
>
> Click once on the middle set of columns (they should be the only columns
> appearing in the chart now.  Right-click on your mouse and select Selected
> Object.  In the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the Patterns tab.  Set
> the Border = None.  Finally, still within the Format Data Series dialog box,
> go to the options tab and set the gap width to zero.
>
> ----
> Regards,
> John Mansfield
> http://www.pdbook.com
>
> "Minireefkeeper" wrote:
>
> > Can anyone offer advise on how to make a chart of data points (line) with in
> > a particular range of target values?  Speciffically, I am try to chart the pH
> > values of my fish tank.   I know how to plot the data points on a line graph,
> > but I'd like to add a visual "highlighted" target range section.  Ie, my data
> > records the pH for three days (8.2, 8.4, 8.5).  pH on the y-axis and the date
> > on the x-axis.  The acceptable range for the pH values for a saltwater tank
> > is 8.1 - 8.5  How can I indicate this target range within the chart?  Once I
> > learn how to do this I can apply it to other tests (nitrates etc..)
> > i'd sure appreciate some help...
> >
```
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4/16/2005 6:23:02 PM
```That was EXCEPTIONALLY helpful!  Thank you.  I have numerous applications I
can apply this too.  Thanks so much,
MiniReefKeeper

"John Mansfield" wrote:

> A second, and easier method is to use a stacked area chart.  Assuming the
> same data set,
>
> 4/16/2004	8.3	8.1	0.4
> 4/17/2004	8.6	8.1	0.4
> 4/18/2004	8.4	8.1	0.4
> 4/19/2004	8.2	8.1	0.4
> 4/20/2004	8.4	8.1	0.4
> 4/21/2004	8.6	8.1	0.4
>
> Select the range.  Go to the Chart Wizard and, under the standard types,
> select -> Area - > Stacked Area.  Go though the rest of the Chart Wizard
> prompts until your appears on you page.
>
> Click once on the series at the bottom of the chart.  Right-click on you
> mouse.  Select Chart Type -> Line -> OK.
>
> Click once on the series at the bottom of the chart.  Right-click on you
> mouse.  Select Selected Object.  In the Format Data Series -> Patterns Tab,
> set the border = None and the Patterns = None.
>
> ----
> Regards,
> John Mansfield
> http://www.pdbook.com
>
>
>
> "John Mansfield" wrote:
>
> > There are several ways to do this.  The example illustrates an approach that
> > uses a combined line - stacked column chart:
> >
> > To add the highlighted range and assuming you acceptable range is 8.1 - 8.5,
> > set your data up like below.  The first column is the date or time of your ph
> > reading.  The second column is you ph reading.  The third and fourth columns
> > will be used to set up highlighted range.  The third column is the bottom of
> > the range you want to highlight.  The fourth column is the top of the range
> > you want to highlight.
> >
> > 4/16/2004	    8.3	8.1	0.4
> > 4/17/2004	    8.6	8.1	0.4
> > 4/18/2004	    8.4	8.1	0.4
> > 4/19/2004	    8.2	8.1	0.4
> > 4/20/2004	    8.4	8.1	0.4
> > 4/21/2004	    8.6	8.1	0.4
> >
> > Assuming the data set above spans the range A1:D6, create a Stacked Column
> > chart based on the entire data set.
> >
> > Next, click once on the series in the stacked column chart that contains
> > your actual data (it's the bottom column within each stacked column).
> > Right-click on your mouse and select Chart Type -> Line ->OK.
> >
> > Click once on the bottom set of columns.  Right-click on your mouse and
> > select Selected Object.  In the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the
> > Patterns tab.  Set the Border = None and the Area = None.
> >
> > Click once on the middle set of columns (they should be the only columns
> > appearing in the chart now.  Right-click on your mouse and select Selected
> > Object.  In the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the Patterns tab.  Set
> > the Border = None.  Finally, still within the Format Data Series dialog box,
> > go to the options tab and set the gap width to zero.
> >
> > ----
> > Regards,
> > John Mansfield
> > http://www.pdbook.com
> >
> > "Minireefkeeper" wrote:
> >
> > > Can anyone offer advise on how to make a chart of data points (line) with in
> > > a particular range of target values?  Speciffically, I am try to chart the pH
> > > values of my fish tank.   I know how to plot the data points on a line graph,
> > > but I'd like to add a visual "highlighted" target range section.  Ie, my data
> > > records the pH for three days (8.2, 8.4, 8.5).  pH on the y-axis and the date
> > > on the x-axis.  The acceptable range for the pH values for a saltwater tank
> > > is 8.1 - 8.5  How can I indicate this target range within the chart?  Once I
> > > learn how to do this I can apply it to other tests (nitrates etc..)
> > > i'd sure appreciate some help...
> > >
```
 0
4/17/2005 12:12:04 AM
```You're welcome.  Additionally, I've added an explanation to my site for
documentation.

http://www.pdbook.com/index.php/excel/horizontal_color_bands_stacked_area_chart/

----
Regards,
John Mansfield
http://www.pdbook.com

"MiniReefKeeper" wrote:

> That was EXCEPTIONALLY helpful!  Thank you.  I have numerous applications I
> can apply this too.  Thanks so much,
> MiniReefKeeper
>
> "John Mansfield" wrote:
>
> > A second, and easier method is to use a stacked area chart.  Assuming the
> > same data set,
> >
> > 4/16/2004	8.3	8.1	0.4
> > 4/17/2004	8.6	8.1	0.4
> > 4/18/2004	8.4	8.1	0.4
> > 4/19/2004	8.2	8.1	0.4
> > 4/20/2004	8.4	8.1	0.4
> > 4/21/2004	8.6	8.1	0.4
> >
> > Select the range.  Go to the Chart Wizard and, under the standard types,
> > select -> Area - > Stacked Area.  Go though the rest of the Chart Wizard
> > prompts until your appears on you page.
> >
> > Click once on the series at the bottom of the chart.  Right-click on you
> > mouse.  Select Chart Type -> Line -> OK.
> >
> > Click once on the series at the bottom of the chart.  Right-click on you
> > mouse.  Select Selected Object.  In the Format Data Series -> Patterns Tab,
> > set the border = None and the Patterns = None.
> >
> > ----
> > Regards,
> > John Mansfield
> > http://www.pdbook.com
> >
> >
> >
> > "John Mansfield" wrote:
> >
> > > There are several ways to do this.  The example illustrates an approach that
> > > uses a combined line - stacked column chart:
> > >
> > > To add the highlighted range and assuming you acceptable range is 8.1 - 8.5,
> > > set your data up like below.  The first column is the date or time of your ph
> > > reading.  The second column is you ph reading.  The third and fourth columns
> > > will be used to set up highlighted range.  The third column is the bottom of
> > > the range you want to highlight.  The fourth column is the top of the range
> > > you want to highlight.
> > >
> > > 4/16/2004	    8.3	8.1	0.4
> > > 4/17/2004	    8.6	8.1	0.4
> > > 4/18/2004	    8.4	8.1	0.4
> > > 4/19/2004	    8.2	8.1	0.4
> > > 4/20/2004	    8.4	8.1	0.4
> > > 4/21/2004	    8.6	8.1	0.4
> > >
> > > Assuming the data set above spans the range A1:D6, create a Stacked Column
> > > chart based on the entire data set.
> > >
> > > Next, click once on the series in the stacked column chart that contains
> > > your actual data (it's the bottom column within each stacked column).
> > > Right-click on your mouse and select Chart Type -> Line ->OK.
> > >
> > > Click once on the bottom set of columns.  Right-click on your mouse and
> > > select Selected Object.  In the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the
> > > Patterns tab.  Set the Border = None and the Area = None.
> > >
> > > Click once on the middle set of columns (they should be the only columns
> > > appearing in the chart now.  Right-click on your mouse and select Selected
> > > Object.  In the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the Patterns tab.  Set
> > > the Border = None.  Finally, still within the Format Data Series dialog box,
> > > go to the options tab and set the gap width to zero.
> > >
> > > ----
> > > Regards,
> > > John Mansfield
> > > http://www.pdbook.com
> > >
> > > "Minireefkeeper" wrote:
> > >
> > > > Can anyone offer advise on how to make a chart of data points (line) with in
> > > > a particular range of target values?  Speciffically, I am try to chart the pH
> > > > values of my fish tank.   I know how to plot the data points on a line graph,
> > > > but I'd like to add a visual "highlighted" target range section.  Ie, my data
> > > > records the pH for three days (8.2, 8.4, 8.5).  pH on the y-axis and the date
> > > > on the x-axis.  The acceptable range for the pH values for a saltwater tank
> > > > is 8.1 - 8.5  How can I indicate this target range within the chart?  Once I
> > > > learn how to do this I can apply it to other tests (nitrates etc..)
> > > > i'd sure appreciate some help...
> > > >
```
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4/17/2005 3:36:01 PM
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>

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Office 2000 Prof. SR_1 with SP4. Created a Form in Access to display data from one "My table" using the Form "Excel Pivot Table". Exported "My table" and this Form to others databases. Works OK in all computers. In one computer is giving the following error message when trying to REFRESH de data: EXCEL Problems Obtainig data. Even when I tried to create it a new Form in that database using the same imported table, gives the same error message. ...