#### why won't excel allow me to add more data to a chart?

```For some of my data I skip days for collecting it so I use the shift key to
click on the days I do want in the chart. I have been doing this for awhile
but now that I'm obtaining more points it has simply stopped letting me add
data points. When I click on the one where it stops collecting it erases all
of the others I have clicked and makes a stop noise. I need to add more data
so why won't it let me??
```
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```Hi,

There is a finite limit on the length of the series formula, ~1024
characters.

So this example is for a series with 3 data points in cells A2:B4.
=SERIES(,Sheet1!\$A\$2:\$A\$4,Sheet1!\$B\$2:\$B\$4,1)

If I use the SHIFT key and select each row individually the formula grows to
=SERIES(,(Sheet1!\$A\$2,Sheet1!\$A\$3,Sheet1!\$A\$4),(Sheet1!\$B\$2,Sheet1!\$B\$3,Sheet1!\$B\$4),1)

The simplest way around this is to create a contiguous range of chart data.

Cheers
Andy

On 25/05/2010 20:27, chrluce wrote:
> For some of my data I skip days for collecting it so I use the shift key to
> click on the days I do want in the chart. I have been doing this for awhile
> but now that I'm obtaining more points it has simply stopped letting me add
> data points. When I click on the one where it stops collecting it erases all
> of the others I have clicked and makes a stop noise. I need to add more data
> so why won't it let me??

--

Andy Pope, Microsoft MVP - Excel
http://www.andypope.info

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Andy
5/26/2010 7:48:22 AM

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