A **b****ox plot **is a type of plot that we can use to visualize the five number summary of a dataset, which includes:

- The minimum
- The first quartile
- The median
- The third quartile
- The maximum

This tutorial explains how to create a box plot in Google Sheets.

**Example: Box Plots in Google Sheets**

Use the following steps to create a box plot in Google Sheets.

**Step 1: Enter the data.**

First enter the values of your dataset into one column:

**Step 2: Calculate the five number summary**

Typically we need to know the median value of a dataset to create a box plot, but as we’ll see in the next step we will instead use a candlestick chart to create something that looks like a boxplot since Google Sheets doesn’t have a box plot chart option.

In order to create a candlestick chart we only need to know the minimum, 1st quartile, 3rd quartile, and maximum value of a dataset. The following image shows the formulas to use to calculate these numbers:

**Step 3: Create the box plot.**

Next, highlight the values in columns *A *through *E* in the first row:

Click the **Insert **tab along the top ribbon, then click **Chart **in the dropdown menu:

In the **Chart Editor **window that appears on the right side of the screen, click the dropdown menu for **Chart type **and then click the chart type titled **Candlestick chart**.

Once you click this, the following chart will appear:

The way to interpret the chart is as follows:

- The top line extends to the maximum value of the dataset (
**28**) - The top of the box represents the value of the third quartile (
**22**) - The bottom of the box represents the value of the first quartile (
**7.5**) - The bottom line extends to the minimum value of the dataset (
**4**)

Within the **Customize **subsection of the **Chart Editor **window on the right side of the screen you can also modify the plot to include titles, adjust gridlines, and modify the axis labels.