There are two common ways to create a graph with three variables in Excel:

**1. Create a Line Graph with Three Lines**

**2. Create a Bar Graph with Clustered Bars**

The following examples show how to create both of these graphs using the following dataset in Excel that shows the sales of three different products during various years:

**Example 1: Create a Line Graph with Three Lines**

We can use the following steps to plot each of the product sales as a line on the same graph:

- Highlight the cells in the range
**B1:D8**. - Click the
**Insert**Tab along the top ribbon. - In the
**Charts**group, click the first chart option in the section titled**Insert Line or Area Chart**.

The following chart will appear:

Each line represents the sales of one of the three products during each year.

**Example 2: Create a Bar Graph with Clustered Bars**

We can use the following steps to plot each of the product sales as a bar on the same graph:

- Highlight the cells in the range
**B1:D8**. - Click the
**Insert**Tab along the top ribbon. - In the
**Charts**group, click the first chart option in the section titled**Insert Column or Bar Chart**.

The following chart will appear:

Each bar represents the sales of one of the three products during each year.

If you’d like to modify the x-axis to display the years, simply right click the x-axis and click **Select Data** from the dropdown.

In the new window that appears, click the **Edit** button under **Horizontal Axis Labels**:

Then choose **A2:A8** as the Axis label range:

Once you click **OK**, the x-axis labels will be updated to display the years:

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to create other common graphs in Excel:

How to Create a Stem-and-Leaf Plot in Excel

How to Create a Dot Plot in Excel

How to Create Side-by-Side Boxplots in Excel

How to Create an Ogive Graph in Excel