How to Create a Box Plot in Google Sheets

Hey there, fellow data enthusiasts! Have you ever heard of a box plot? If you haven't, you're in for a treat! Box plots are a popular statistical tool used to visualize the distribution of data. They can help you spot outliers, identify the median, and show the range and quartiles of your data. In this article, I'll show you how to create a box plot in Google Sheets. Let's get started!

Step 1: Input Your Data

The first step to creating a box plot is to input your data into Google Sheets. Make sure your data is organized in a column or row, and each value is in its own cell. For example, let's say we're analyzing the test scores of a class of students. We might have a column with each student's score:

Student A 85
Student B 92
Student C 68
Student D 77
Student E 90
Student F 82

Step 2: Select Your Data

Once your data is inputted, select it by clicking and dragging over the cells with your mouse. Be sure to include the headers if you have them. In our example, we would click and drag from cell A1 to B6 to select our data.

Step 3: Create Your Chart

With your data selected, click on the 'Insert' tab in the top menu bar, and then click on 'Chart.' This will open up the 'Chart editor' sidebar on the right-hand side of your screen. From here, select 'Box and Whisker chart' under the 'Chart type' section. Your chart will now be generated!

Step 4: Customize Your Chart

Now that you have your chart, it's time to make it your own! In the 'Customize' tab of the 'Chart editor,' you can change the appearance of your chart by adjusting the colors, font, and other visual elements. You can also customize the labels, data ranges, and axis options by clicking on the relevant tabs in the 'Chart editor.'

Step 5: Analyze Your Data

Once you've customized your chart to your liking, take a close look at it to draw insights from your data. Are there any outliers that stand out? Is the median score where you expected it to be? How does the range of scores compare to what you were aiming for? Box plots can help you answer these questions with just a quick glance.


And there you have it! A box plot may seem intimidating at first, but with Google Sheets, it's easy to create and analyze your data in no time. Whether you're a student, a business owner, or just someone who loves numbers, box plots are a valuable tool to add to your arsenal. Give it a try and let us know how it goes!

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