Jon,

Thank you for your reply. However, your suggestion wasn't helpful.

I am using XY charts. In my source data, the years are already

identified as specific dates (1920-1947), not as generic numbers

(1-28). The Chart Wizard provides me with a graph that plots the co-

ordinates correctly, but the X axis is shown as generic numbers. It

seems that the year dates I've ascribed to the X axis are simply being

ignored in favor of the generic identifiers (1-28). Indeed, the Chart

Wizard chart "rounds up" to 30 on the X axis before it stops.

Now let me clarify what I think (?) the problem may be...

In <Format Axis>, there is a check box for "Value (Y) Crosses At",

whereupon it asks you to submit a value. When the chart is configured

so as the years are labeled generically (1-28), the Y Value and the X

Value can both be easily made the same - Zero (0). However, when I

want to use yearly dates (starting at 1920), then the X value is 1920,

while the Y value is still Zero (0) -- And the graph plotting my co-

ordinates "disappears".

I've even tried setting Value Y's "cross point / origin" at 1,920, in

the hope that this would "trick" the chart into displaying both the

graph **and** the yearly values for X. This (of course!!!) didn't

work.

Apparently (?), the values for X and Y at the origin must be made to

Zero (0). This means that somehow (???) the Exel chart to start at

Zero (0) and "leap" to my preferred starting date (1920). Or anyway,

that's my best guess as to what's going on.

(BTW, In most time series graphs, this is done with a little zig-zag

line (~~) between the Zero (0) origin point of the Y axis and the

starting date (1920 or whenever) plotted on the X axis where the data

series actually begins.)

I'm just trying to put together a time-series chart with the dates for

the data shown on the X axis. This is among the simplest, most basic,

graphs imaginable. Surely Exel charts can handle this (and why can't

they do so without all this hassle?!!!!!?)?

Here's hoping you, or anyone else you reads this, can help,

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