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excel – VBA: Modify chart data range

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My “Chart data range” is ='sheet1'!$A$1:$Z$10. I’d like to make a VBA macro (or if anybody knows a formula I can use, but I couldn’t figure one out) to increase the ending column of the range for chart1 by 1 every time I run the macro. So essentially:

chart1.endCol = chart1.endCol + 1

What is the syntax for this using ActiveChart or is there a better way?

How to&Answers:

Assuming that you want to expand the range (by adding one extra column) to add one more observation for each series in you diagram (and not to add a new series), you could use this code:

Sub ChangeChartRange()
    Dim i As Integer, r As Integer, n As Integer, p1 As Integer, p2 As Integer, p3 As Integer
    Dim rng As Range
    Dim ax As Range

    'Cycles through each series
    For n = 1 To ActiveChart.SeriesCollection.Count Step 1
        r = 0

        'Finds the current range of the series and the axis
        For i = 1 To Len(ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(n).Formula) Step 1
            If Mid(ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(n).Formula, i, 1) = "," Then
                r = r + 1
                If r = 1 Then p1 = i + 1
                If r = 2 Then p2 = i
                If r = 3 Then p3 = i
            End If
        Next i

        'Defines new range
        Set rng = Range(Mid(ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(n).Formula, p2 + 1, p3 - p2 - 1))
        Set rng = Range(rng, rng.Offset(0, 1))

        'Sets new range for each series
        ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(n).Values = rng

        'Updates axis
        Set ax = Range(Mid(ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(n).Formula, p1, p2 - p1))
        Set ax = Range(ax, ax.Offset(0, 1))
        ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(n).XValues = ax

    Next n
End Sub


Offset function dynamic range makes it possible.

Sample data

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  • Define a dynamic named range
    =OFFSET(Sheet1!$A$2,,,1,COUNTA(Sheet1!$A$2:$Z$2)) and give it a
    name mobileRange
  • Right Click on Chart
  • Click on Select Data

This screen will come

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Click on Edit under Legend Entries.(mobiles is selected)

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  • change the Series value to point to mobileRange named range.
  • Now if data for future months are added to mobile sales it will automatically reflect in chart.


Assuming that you only run the macro with a Chart Selected, my idea is to alter the range in the formula for each Series. You can of cause change to apply to all Charts in a Worksheet.

UPDATE: Have changed code to accommodate multiple series with screenshots

Sub ChartRangeAdd()
    On Error Resume Next
    Dim oCht As Chart, aFormulaOld As Variant, aFormulaNew As Variant
    Dim i As Long, s As Long
    Dim oRng As Range, sTmp As String, sBase As String

    Set oCht = ActiveSheet.ChartObjects(1).Chart
    For s = 1 To oCht.SeriesCollection.count
        sTmp = oCht.SeriesCollection(s).Formula
        sBase = Split(sTmp, "(")(0) & "(<FORMULA>)" ' "=SERIES(" & "<FORMULA>)"
        sTmp = Split(sTmp, "(")(1) ' "..., ..., ...)"
        aFormulaOld = Split(Left(sTmp, Len(sTmp) - 1), ",") ' "..., ..., ..."
        aFormulaNew = Array()
        ReDim aFormulaNew(UBound(aFormulaOld))
        ' Process all series in the formula
        For i = 0 To UBound(aFormulaOld)
            Set oRng = Range(aFormulaOld(i))
            ' Attempt to put the value into Range, keep the same if it's not valid Range
            If Err.Number = 0 Then
                Set oRng = oRng.Worksheet.Range(oRng, oRng.Offset(0, 1))
                aFormulaNew(i) = oRng.Worksheet.Name & "!" & oRng.Address
                aFormulaNew(i) = aFormulaOld(i)
            End If
        Next i
        sTmp = Replace(sBase, "<FORMULA>", Join(aFormulaNew, ","))
        Debug.Print "Series(" & s & ") from """ & oCht.SeriesCollection(s).Formula & """ to """ & sTmp & """"
        oCht.SeriesCollection(s).Formula = sTmp
        sTmp = ""
    Next s
    Set oCht = Nothing
End Sub

Sample data – Initial


After first run:


Second Run:


Third Run: