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Make a Time Series (with Error Bars) Online with Plotly and Excel

Time Series 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 scatter plot from menu

From the left plot menu, choose the 'Asymmetric Errors' option, and then select the data shape as shown in the figure. Finally click on the 'Scatter Plot' button to generate the chart.

Create raw chart

This will create a scatter plot along with the error bars. We will also add some styling to make it more presentable.

Step 4

Styling the Chart

In the Traces popover, select the mode to 'lines' from the 'mode' tab.

Edit Marker

Now, we will modify the error bars. In the 'Traces' popover, select the 'error-bars' tab. Set the line to '1', and to a suitable colour. Also, set the line width to zero.

Edit Error Bars

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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