Make All Charts Plot Non-Visible Cells in Your Excel Workbook

Make All Charts Plot Non-Visible Cells in Your Excel Workbook

What This Does

When you create a chart in Microsoft Excel, the chart's default setting is to not graph any spreadsheet cells that are hidden (or not visible).  I often like to hide or collapse (via column or row groups) data in my spreadsheets and this is a setting that is a pain to go in and manually change when you have to apply it to a bunch of charts.  Use the below macro to change every single graph in your workbook to Plot Non-Visible Cells.

Sub PlotNonVisibleCells()
'PURPOSE: Make all charts in workbook plot non-visible cells
Dim sht As Worksheet
Dim cht As ChartObject
Dim CurrentSheet As Worksheet

Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.EnableEvents = False

Set CurrentSheet = ActiveSheet

'Loop Through All Worksheets in Workbook
  For Each sht In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
    'Loop Through all Charts in Worksheet
      For Each cht In sht.ChartObjects
        ActiveChart.PlotVisibleOnly = False
      Next cht
  Next sht

Application.EnableEvents = True

  MsgBox "All charts will now plot non-visible cells!", , "Macro Complete!"
End Sub

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I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

Chris "Macro" Newman :)