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```Below sample data I am trying to chart but I'm not sure if Excel can do this.
It is basically a record of animals (tags) and where they have been spotted.

I am trying to create a chart (maybe a scatter) with Location and Month on
the X & Y axis and the tag data to appear to show a sighting.  I have created
a work around using a pivot table but the person looking at this chart is not
an Excel user and I want to keep it simple.

Any suggestions?

Location	Month	Tag
NW	Jan	J33
NW	June	J34
SW	May	J33
SW	June	J35
E	Oct	J36
E	Nov	J35
W	May	J33
W	Apr	J34

```
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MFC (35)
12/3/2008 11:24:17 AM
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```Hi,

Insert new blank columns B and D. In B2, enter the following formula and
copy down. This will give each location a unique number.

=IF( COUNTIF(A\$2:A2,A2)=1,MAX(B\$1:B1)+1,VLOOKUP(A2,A\$2:B2,2,FALSE))

In D2, enter the folloing and copy down. This will give each month a number.

=MONTH(1&C2)

Plot an x-y chart of columns B and D.
Hide both sets of axis labels.
Create two new dummy series as below, and plot the numbers as two new x-y
series on the chart.

NW	1	0
SW	2	0
E	3	0
W	4	0

Jan	0	1
Feb	0	2
Mar	0	3
Apr	0	4
May	0	5
Jun	0	6
Jul	0	7
Aug	0	8
Sep	0	9
Oct	0	10
Nov	0	11
Dec	0	12

This will give you points along both axes. You can then use something like
Rob Boveys Chart Labeller add-in to label all three sets of points with data
labels, your tags, the locations and the month name.

No doubt Jon or Andy will come up with a much simpler methodb but I can
email you the file if you like.

Dave

```
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djc (61)
12/4/2008 9:27:52 AM
```Thank you Dave,

I will try your solution.  I would be grateful if you could email the file
to me.  What is the best way to give you my address ?

"Dave Curtis" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Insert new blank columns B and D. In B2, enter the following formula and
> copy down. This will give each location a unique number.
>
> =IF( COUNTIF(A\$2:A2,A2)=1,MAX(B\$1:B1)+1,VLOOKUP(A2,A\$2:B2,2,FALSE))
>
> In D2, enter the folloing and copy down. This will give each month a number.
>
>
> =MONTH(1&C2)
>
> Plot an x-y chart of columns B and D.
> Hide both sets of axis labels.
> Create two new dummy series as below, and plot the numbers as two new x-y
> series on the chart.
>
> NW	1	0
> SW	2	0
> E	3	0
> W	4	0
>
> Jan	0	1
> Feb	0	2
> Mar	0	3
> Apr	0	4
> May	0	5
> Jun	0	6
> Jul	0	7
> Aug	0	8
> Sep	0	9
> Oct	0	10
> Nov	0	11
> Dec	0	12
>
> This will give you points along both axes. You can then use something like
> Rob Boveys Chart Labeller add-in to label all three sets of points with data
> labels, your tags, the locations and the month name.
>
> No doubt Jon or Andy will come up with a much simpler methodb but I can
> email you the file if you like.
>
> Dave
>
>
```
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MFC (35)
12/28/2008 12:11:00 AM
```Hi,

makes it very difficult for us to follow.

Cheers,
Shane Devenshire

"MFC" <MFC@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Thank you Dave,
>
> I will try your solution.  I would be grateful if you could email the file
> to me.  What is the best way to give you my address ?
>
> "Dave Curtis" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Insert new blank columns B and D. In B2, enter the following formula and
>> copy down. This will give each location a unique number.
>>
>> =IF( COUNTIF(A\$2:A2,A2)=1,MAX(B\$1:B1)+1,VLOOKUP(A2,A\$2:B2,2,FALSE))
>>
>> In D2, enter the folloing and copy down. This will give each month a
>> number.
>>
>>
>> =MONTH(1&C2)
>>
>> Plot an x-y chart of columns B and D.
>> Hide both sets of axis labels.
>> Create two new dummy series as below, and plot the numbers as two new x-y
>> series on the chart.
>>
>> NW 1 0
>> SW 2 0
>> E 3 0
>> W 4 0
>>
>> Jan 0 1
>> Feb 0 2
>> Mar 0 3
>> Apr 0 4
>> May 0 5
>> Jun 0 6
>> Jul 0 7
>> Aug 0 8
>> Sep 0 9
>> Oct 0 10
>> Nov 0 11
>> Dec 0 12
>>
>> This will give you points along both axes. You can then use something
>> like
>> Rob Boveys Chart Labeller add-in to label all three sets of points with
>> data
>> labels, your tags, the locations and the month name.
>>
>> No doubt Jon or Andy will come up with a much simpler methodb but I can
>> email you the file if you like.
>>
>> Dave
>>
>>
```
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12/28/2008 8:03:26 PM

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