A Histogram is a column chart that shows the frequency of the occurrences of a variable in the specified range. It is useful for producing data distributions and charts. You can analyze and interpret the distribution of data quickly and easily.

Creating a Histogram in Excel 2016

Excel 2016 has an inbuilt Histogram chart option. To add a Histogram chart, follow these steps:

  • Select the range of cells.

select range

  • On the Insert tab, go to the Charts Group and click the Histogram symbol.

insert histogram

  • Click on Histogram.



To change the bin size and number of bins:

  • Right-click on the horizontal axis and click Format Axis.

format axis

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The format axis pane appears. You can edit the bin width and number of bins.

A bin range is a range of values that specifies the limit for each column of the histogram.

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Creating a Histogram using Data Analysis Toolpak

To create a histogram using the Data Analysis Toolpak, you first need to install the Analysis Toolpak add-in.

To install the Data Analysis Toolpak add-in:

  • Click the File tab and then select ‘Options’.


  • In the Excel Options dialog box, select Add-ins in the navigation pane.

add ins

  • In the Manage drop-down, select Excel Add-ins and click Go.


  • In the Add-ins dialog box, select Analysis Toolpak and click OK.


This will install the Analysis Toolpak.

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Create Histogram

To create a Histogram, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Go to the Data tab and click Data Analysis.

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  • In the Data Analysis dialog box, select Histogram.

data analysis

  • In the Histogram dialogue box, select the Input range, Bin range, and Output range. Checkmark the chart output. 

histogram argument

  • Click OK.

histogram output

The first bin shows all the values below it. In the above case, 20 shows 0 values, which shows that there are 0 employees that are less than age 20.

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In this article, you have learned about Histograms in MS Excel. You made a histogram chart and adjusted the value and range of the bin. Histograms are useful when you want to analyze an enormous set of data quickly.

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