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Make a Dot Plot Online with Plotly and Excel

Area Charts with Plotly

Step 1

Upload your Excel data to Plotly's grid

Open the data file for this tutorial in Excel. You can download the file here in CSV format

Excel view

Step 2

Head to Plotly

Head to Plotly's Workspace and sign into your free Plotly account. Go to 'Import', click 'Upload a file', then choose your Excel file to upload. Your Excel file will now open in Plotly's grid. For more about Plotly's grid, see this tutorial

Import data

Step 3

Creating the Chart

After importing the data, select the 'scatter plots' option from 'Choose Plot Type' dropdown.

Select heatmap from menu

Select the x and y axis as shown in the figure below,, and then on the 'Scatter Plot' button to create the plot

Create raw chart

This will create a raw chart. Now we are going to style it to make it more presentable.

Step 4

Styling of the Chart

Firstly, we are going to edit the legend, to be more informational. It can be done by simply clicking on the legend, and editing the text

Edit Legend

Now we will change the marker size and colors. For this, in the 'Traces' popover, select the trace to edit, and then select the desired marker size, and color from the 'Marker' option, as shown in figure below.

Edit Marker size and color

Now, we will re-size the axis to fit the plot more cleanly. From the 'Axis' popover, select the 'X Axis'. Set the 'auto-range' option to Off, and enter the range in the text box below.

Edit Axis

We are almost done here. To add the axis title, simply click on the left side (for Y axis), and below the axis (for X Axis), to enter the respective axis titles.

Add Axis title

Step 5

Export & Share

The final chart should look like the one below.

Final Chart

Download an image of your Plotly graph by clicking EXPORT on the toolbar.


To add the chart inside an excel sheet, click where you want to insert the picture inside Excel. On the INSERT tab inside Excel, in the ILLUSTRATIONS group, click PICTURE. Locate the Plotly graph image that you downloaded and then double-click it. Notice that we also copy-pasted the Plotly graph link in a cell for easy access to the interactive Plotly version.

Insert Plot in Excel

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