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Create a Box and Whisker Chart With Excel 2016

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Box and Whisker Charts are one of the many new Charts available only in Excel 2016 and were originally invented by John Tukey in 1977.

They show you the distribution of a data set, showing the median, quartiles, range and outliers.

The in the box represents the Mean.

The Median divides the box into the interquartile range.

The box represents 50% of the data set, distributed between the 1st and 3rd quartiles.

For example, 25% of the data lie between the values of the 2nd Quartile box and the other 25%  lie between the values of the 3rd Quartile box.

The lines extending vertically outside of the box (whiskers) show the outlier range outside of the upper and lower quartiles.  So this is the lowest and highest data points within the data set.

Below is a Box and Whisker diagram explaining this:

box plot


Here is how the Box and Whisker chart looks inside Excel 2016:

Box and Whisker Chart 01

In this example I show you how easy it is to insert a Box and Whisker Chart using Excel 2016.

To upgrade to Excel 2016 you can use this link here: Microsoft Office 2016

Read this tutorial to create a box and whisker diagram (box plot) using Excel 2013 or below.



STEP 1: Highlight your table and go to Insert > Recommended Charts

Box and Whisker Chart 02

Box and Whisker Chart 03


STEP 2: Select All Charts > Box and Whisker > OK

Box and Whisker Chart 04


STEP 3: Now you have your Box and Whisker Chart.

Box and Whisker Chart 05


STEP 4: You can further customize the look and feel of your Box and Whisker Chart, by going to Chart Tools > Design / Format

Box and Whisker Chart 06


STEP 5: In our example, let us go to Chart Tools > Design and pick one of the alternate designs.

Box and Whisker Chart 07


Now you have your beautiful looking Box and Whisker chart and you can quickly point out to your management where the outliers lie…

Box and Whisker Chart 08

Box and Whisker Chart



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  • Mark Tengowski June 19, 2017, 10:09 PM

    Hi John, is there a way to represent the data with dots rather than just the box? Dots in the box would be great, too. My sample sizes are not the same, and showing the individual data that make up the mean/median would be a nice addition. The only dots/data points I’m seeing are those outliers.

    • John Michaloudis John Michaloudis June 27, 2017, 1:33 PM

      Hey Mark,

      You can click on the X marker and press CTRL+1.

      Then from the Format Data Point pane on the right (Excel 2013 & 2016) select the Fill & Line > Marker > Built-In > change the “Type” to a dot.

      I hope this helps!


  • Samuel Slowinski January 27, 2017, 5:26 PM

    The all charts option doesn’t show up when I click “recommended charts” in excel 2016 on a mac. I can’t find an option for box and whisker chart in any of the excel menus.