Add interactive graphs in Numbers on Mac
An interactive graph presents data in stages so that you can emphasise the relationship between groups of data. You can use an interactive graph to show data like sales by group over time, expenses by department, and population changes by region per continent.
The interactive graph below shows the growth of three species during a three-year period.
You can interact with the graph using a slider and buttons or buttons only.
To create these graphs, you can add a blank graph to a sheet, then select the table cells with the data you want to use. Or, you can select the cells first, then create a graph that displays the data. Either way, when you change the data in the table, the graph updates automatically.
Tip: You can learn about different graph types in the Graph Basics template. To open it, choose File > New (from the File menu at the top of your screen), click Basic in the left sidebar, then double-click the Graph Basics template. In Graph Basics, click the tabs near the top of the template to view the different sheets; each one explains a different type of graph.
Create an interactive graph
This task describes how to add a graph first, then select the data. You can also select the data before creating your graph.
Click in the toolbar, then click Interactive.
To see more styles, click the right and left arrows.
Click a graph or drag one to the sheet.
Click the Add Graph Data button.
If you don’t see the Add Graph Data button, make sure the graph is selected.
Click the table cells with the data you want to use, or drag to select a range of cells; to add data from an entire row or column, click the table, then click the number or letter for that row or column.
You can select cells from one or more tables, including tables on different sheets. When you edit a graph’s data references, a dot appears on the tab of any sheet that contains data used in the graph.
To change whether rows or columns are plotted as a data series, click the pop-up menu in the bar at the bottom of the window, then choose an option.
Click Done in the bar at the bottom of the window.
To change the type of control used for interacting with the graph, click the graph, then in the Format sidebar, click the Graph tab.
Click the pop-up menu below Interactive Graph and select Buttons Only.