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
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
Creating the Chart
After importing the data, select the 'bar charts' option from 'Choose Plot Type' dropdown.
Select the x and y axis as shown in the figure below, and then click on the 'Bar Chart' button to create the plot
This will create a raw chart as shown below. Now we are going to style it to make it more presentable.
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
Now we will provide a suitable title to our chart, and title the axes as well. For this click on the title bar, and edit the text
We can also edit the bar colors. For this, go to 'Traces' popover, and select the trace you wish to edit. Then, in the 'style' tab, select the suitable marker color.
To Change the background color, click on 'Layout' popover, and select suitable 'Plot Color' from the general tab.
Export & Share
The final chart should look like the one below.
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.