5 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Histogram In Google Sheets

Friends in this article I am going to reveal incredibly useful methods to show how data can be distributed in a large range using histogram in Google Sheets.

With the help of a histogram in Google Sheets, you can easily sort data into buckets (depending on closely related values instead of on unique values).

Google sheets provide an in-built, easy to use graphing tool for the same.

So, instead of citing how many times a person has scored a given percentage in a test, a histogram can arrange an individual’s score is relative ranges.

Example:- If we have 15 students in a class for a particular test, with the help of a histogram, we can categorize and check how many students have scored from 0 – 10, 10- 40, 40 – 50, 50 – 60 and so on.

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The most common use of histograms is in board room meetings and the business world.

In this guide, we are going to cover, how to make a histogram in Google Sheets with 5 secrets.

How To Make A Histogram In Google Sheets?

To make a histogram in Google sheets, we need some data. Let’s consider 15 persons who are part of a football team.

Follow the below steps to explain how to make a histogram in Google sheets:

  1. First, highlight the data which you wish to use to make a histogram. Do not forget to include heading text. In our example, we have highlighted the age heading (which includes 15 values – highlighted in green)
  2. Now, click on insert and from the drop-down menu click on the chart. histogram in Google Sheets
  3. Click on the chart and your histogram will be created. histogram in Google Sheetshistogram in Google Sheets
  4. After creating a histogram, you will get a control panel on the right side of the Google Sheet. Histogram
  5. From that control panel, you can select the kind of histogram you require. Google Sheet Histogram
  6. Cheers! You have now created a histogram.

Note – You can customize the histogram anytime with the options available in the chart editor.

Also, if you want to edit any histogram. You can right-click on it and in the upper right corner there will be three dots. Click on that and char editor will appear on the right-hand side of Google Sheets. Google Sheet Histogram

How To Customize A Histogram In Google Sheets?

You will get a wide range of formatting and customization in Google Sheets. With the help of this customization option, you can better showcase your data. We are going to elaborate on every customization function which you will get in the chart editor.

Setup Tab

This tab is available in chart editor and with the help of this tab you can easily expand the scope of your histogram. And with the help of other features, you can easily interpret the rows and columns.

  1. Data Range

With this feature in the histogram chart, you can include various rows and columns. For example, you can anytime change the range of data for creating the histogram. This can be done via chart editor. Google Sheets

  1. Series

Here you will get an option to add a series. So, you can easily add any additional rows or columns to your histogram. For using it select the “add series” option and choose any series which you want to add to your histogram in google sheets and then click OK. Google SheetsHistogram

Now, you can see a chart containing two data sets side by side. Histogram

  1. Switch Columns & Rows

Use this option to toggle between rows data and column data for data orientation.

  1. Using Row 1 As Header

This option will set the top row value as the header in the key for the chart.

  1. Using Column A As A Label

This option will use column A value as header and key in the chart.

Customize Tab

In a histogram chart editor, you will get multiple options in Google Sheets for customization. From here you can select which field you wish to show on X-axis and which one on Y-axis.

You can also customize the colors and outlook of the histogram. These options are easy to understand and you can easily understand what to do with them. So, give it a try.

What Is The Right Bucket Size For A Histogram?

Selecting the correct size range and number for a histogram bucket is a combination of art & science. However, there are techniques to calculate the correct number of buckets. And you may wish to adjust buckets in a manner that data breaks up the same way a person would break it up.

Mathematically you can estimate how many buckets you need to use by taking the square root of the value count of the graph and rounding it up.


  1. If you are having a 10 number of data set then the square root rounded up is 4.
  2. If the data set is of 100 numbers, then the square root rounded up is 10.

However, if you are dealing with a range of numbers that have relevant increments i.e time interval, speed, or range, then you will want to use them instead.

Using the square root method can be helpful and then matching up the closest common measurement. Example – Arranging age in the range of 7 years or 11 years will not help, however, 5,10 and 15 will surely work.

Note – Try using the horizontal axis & vertical axis, maximum & minimum range to fine-tune your histogram chart in Google Sheets.

Chart & Axis Titles

With the help of this option, you can easily customize how your chart title, subtitle, vertical axis title and horizontal axis title display. Histogram in Google Sheets

For Each Of These Options, You Can Set Following

  1. Text – This feature will display text. Example – You can make your chart title read as “Football Team Details” or “Football Team Info”
  2. Font – Select any font family.
  3. Font Size – Select how big to display your font.
  4. Format – From here you can set your font to italic, bold and can align it.
  5. Text Colour – From here you can select the color of your text.


With the help of this tab, you can select bar color for every series in the histogram. This feature is useful when you are comparing various series in a histogram. Histogram in Google Sheets

Use The Below Steps For The Customization

  1. From the main drop-down menu, select the series you wish to adjust.
  2. Now choose the color which you want to show in the series. Histogram in Google Sheets


With the help of the legend sub menu, you can make changes in the name as below.

  1. Position:- With this you can move the legend to the left, bottom, top of the graph. You can also select none to remove it and can also put it inside the chart.
  2. Font:- You can change the font of the legend.
  3. Font Size:- Customize font size with the help of this option.
  4. Format:- Italicize or bold the legend with this option.
  5. Color:- Customize legend color with this option. Histogram in Google Sheets

Horizontal Axis And Vertical Axis

These two options in the Google Sheets chart editor provide the same customization option in the histogram.

With this option, you can customize the range of your histogram in google sheets and can provide important context to your chart. It will also help in the appearance of axis information.

I hope with this information your doubts regarding histogram in Google Sheets are clear. However, still if you want to know something, do let us know in comments.



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