How to Create a Dot Plot in Google Sheets (Easiest Method)


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

The following step-by-step example shows how to create the following dot plot in Google Sheets:

Dot plot in Google Sheets

Step 1: Enter the Data

Suppose we have the following frequency table in Google Sheets:

Before we create a dot plot, we need to first reorganize the data into a “long” format:

Step 2: Create Dot Plot

Highlight cells E2:F17. Then click the Insert tab, then click Chart.

Google Sheets will insert a histogram by default. To turn this into a dot plot, click anywhere on the chart and then click the three vertical dots in the top right corner, then click Edit chart:

In the Chart editor panel that appears on the right side of the screen, click the Chart type option and then click Scatter chart:

The following plot will appear:

This is a rough version of a dot plot.

Step 3: Customize Dot Plot

Make the following changes to make the dot plot more aesthetically pleasing:

  • Double click the y-axis label and delete it.
  • Double click the values on the y-axis and change the min value to .75 and the max value to 5.
  • Double click the major and minor gridlines and delete both.
  • Double click one of the dots in the plot and change the Point size to 14px.
  • Double click the title and change it to whatever name you’d like.

Once we make each of these changes, here’s what our final dot plot looks like:

Dot plot in Google Sheets

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

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to create other common visualizations in Google Sheets:

How to Create a Box Plot in Google Sheets
How to Create a Pie Chart in Google Sheets
How to Create a Bubble Chart in Google Sheets
How to Create a Pareto Chart in Google Sheets

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