How to use the Histogram in Excel

Applies to: Excel 2013Excel 2010Microsoft Office Excel 2007

How to use the Histogram in Excel


You can analyze your data and display it in a histogram (a column chart that displays frequency data) by using the Histogram tool of the Analysis ToolPak in Microsoft Office Excel. To create a histogram, you must organize the data in two columns on the worksheet. These columns must contain input data and bin numbers. Input data is the data that you want to analyze by using the Histogram tool. Bin numbers are the numbers that represent the intervals that you want the Histogram tool to use for measuring the input data in the data analysis.

How to use the Histogram in Excel

When you use the Histogram tool, Excel counts the number of data points in each data bin. A data point is included in a particular data bin if the number is greater than the lowest bound and equal to or less than the largest bound for the data bin. If you omit the bin range, Excel creates a set of evenly distributed bins between the minimum and maximum values of the input data.

The output of the histogram analysis is displayed on a new worksheet (or in a new workbook) and shows a histogram table and a column chart that reflects the data in the histogram table.

Before you can use the Histogram tool, you have to make sure that the Analysis ToolPak Add-in is installed.

Make sure that the Analysis ToolPak Add-in is installed

To make sure that the Analysis ToolPak Add-in is installed, follow these steps:

1.On the File menu, click Options.
Options excel 2010
2.Click Add-Ins in the navigation pane.
Add-Ins excel 2010

3.In the Manage list, select Excel Add-ins, and then click Go.

4.In the Add-Ins dialog box, make sure that the Analysis ToolPak check box under Add-Ins available is selected, and then click OK.

Analysis ToolPak check box

Note For the Analysis ToolPak Add-in to be displayed in the Add-Ins dialog box, it must be installed on your computer. If you do not see Analysis ToolPak in the Add-Ins dialog box, run Microsoft Excel Setup and add this component to the list of installed items.

Create a histogram table

To create a histogram table, follow these steps:

  1. Copy and paste the following data into a new worksheet.
    87 20
    27 40
    45 60
    62 80

    2.Do one of the following:

    • In Excel 2013, Excel 2010 and Excel 2007, on the Data tab, click Data Analysis in the Analysis group.

    Data Analysis in the Analysis group

    • For Excel 2003 and earlier versions of Excel, click Data Analysis on the Tools menu.

    3.In the Data Analysis dialog box, click Histogram, and then click OK.

    the Data Analysis dialog box

    4.In the Input Range box, type A1:A10.

    the Input Range box

5.In the Bin Range box, type B1:B4.

6.Under Output Options, click New Workbook, select the Chart Output check box, and then click OK.

Excel generates a new workbook with a histogram table and an embedded chart.

Based on the sample data from step 1, the histogram table will resemble the following table:

   A1: Bin     B1: Frequency
   A2:  20     B2:        2
   A3:  40     B3:        1
   A4:  60     B4:        3
   A5:  80     B5:        3
   A6: More    B6:        1

Your chart will be a column chart that reflects the data in this histogram table. In this example, the bin that corresponds to data values from 0 to 20 contains two data points: 3 and 20.

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