Tip 194 – Quickly Widen Bars on Excel Bar Charts

When the bars or columns on a chart are very narrow you can widen them to make the chart more easily read. To do this, click on a series to select it, right click and choose Format Data Series. Decreasing the Gap Width will result in the bars or columns being made wider. If desired, you can also increase the Series Overlap to overlap the bars or columns which lets you make the columns wider still.