Pivot Chart Bar Width

Is it possible to stabilize the width of the bars when using a Pivot Chart?

When there is very little data to chart - based on the values I select from page data pull-downs - the bars are really fat.  Other times they are thin.  I would really like to have a standard width.

Pat Watson
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12/1/2003 7:56:05 PM
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Pat -

The bars are based on a percentage of the spacing between categories. 
If you have fewer categories, the bars get wider.  If you decreased the 
bar width (by increasing gap width on the Other tab of the format series 
dialog), they'd be much further apart.

You can't adjust these automatically, but you can run a simple macro 
every time you adjust the chart.  This one assumes a clustered column 
chart type:

Sub FixClustColWidth()
     Dim Npts As Integer
     Dim Nsrs As Integer
     With ActiveChart
         Npts = .SeriesCollection(1).Points.Count
         Nsrs = .SeriesCollection.Count
         .ChartGroups(1).GapWidth = WorksheetFunction. _
             Max(0, 3000 / Npts - Nsrs * 100)
     End With
End Sub

If it's a clustered bar chart (horizontal) you might change the factor 
in the last line in the With construct from 3000 to 2000.  If you have a 
stacked column or bar type, let Nsrs = 1.

- Jon
Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP

PWatson wrote:
> Is it possible to stabilize the width of the bars when using a Pivot Chart?
> When there is very little data to chart - based on the values I select from page data pull-downs - the bars are really fat.  Other times they are thin.  I would really like to have a standard width.
> tia
> Pat Watson

12/2/2003 2:43:36 PM

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