year income 2016 8914 2017 3512 2018 5643 ... ...
I don't know when exactly excel started to get weird with "scientific" plots, but my MS Excel 2010 (spare the laggard jokes please :) would automatically plot the 2 columns side by side, as if they were unrelated pieces of information, instead of using the year column as the ordinate x-axis, e.g.
This affects both bar charts and line charts. A quick google search (even chat-GPT/bing chat) didn't return any obvious and easy way to declare the first column as the X-axis. I saw various laborious methods involving editing the chart data manually, surely there must be an easier way to do what we want?
Indeed there is, first create a scatter plot that automatically uses the first column as X-axis and the second as Y-axis (values). Then you change the plot type to say, bar chart, and the axes will remain put. Here's the demo video:
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