How to Create a Dot Plot in Excel


dot plot is a type of plot that displays frequencies using dots.

This tutorial explains how to create the following dot plot in Excel:

Dot plot in Excel

Example: Dot Plot in Excel

Suppose we have the following frequency table in Excel:

Use the following steps to create a dot plot for this frequency table.

Step 1: Reorganize the data.

First, we need to reorganize the data into a “long” format:

Step 2: Create a dot plot using the “scatterplot” option.

Highlight cells D2:E17. Along the top ribbon, click Insert. Within the Charts group, select the first chart within the Scatter group:

The following plot will appear:

Dot plot in Excel

Step 3: Customize the chart.

Lastly, we can customize the chart to make it a bit more visually appealing. Namely:

  • Delete the gridlines.
  • Delete the title.
  • Increase the size of the individual dots.
  • Change the x-axis to only span from 1 to 7.

This will leave us with a dot plot that looks like this:

Dot plot in Excel

The individual values are shown along the x-axis and the frequencies of those values are represented by the number of dots.

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