Cannot combine chart type error with only one chart.


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Kermit

I am receiving the error "Some chart types cannot be combined with other
chart types. Select a different chart type."

Funny thing is... this is the only chart I am trying to create. There are no
other charts in the entire workbook. Moving the data to another sheet in the
workbook does not work.

I am running excel 07.

I can copy the data to a new workbook and create the chart with no problem.
Is it possible that something in this specific workbook is corrupted?
If I copy the chart from the new workbook to the bad one, all the data
"disappears".

I would be happy to email the file in question to someone who thinks they
can help.
 
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Luke M

That error message does not have anything to do with multiple charts/moving
charts. Its telling you that you can' combine chart types. I.e., you can't
make a chart with 1 series being a chart, and the other being a line chart.
Commonly used combination charts are column-line, scatter-column.

Hope this gives you a better idea of what's going wrong.
 
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Kermit

Thans for your response Luke,

I think you misunderstood me. I am not trying to combine chart types. I have
a column of 7 numbers that I want to make into a column chart. I do not want
any other chart type at all. Excel will not let me create a chart at all.

If I highlight my 7 numbers, then click insert, and then any type of chart
at all, I get the error message.

If I copy the data into a new workbook (copy, paste special, paste values),
it works fine. If I copy or move the worksheet to a new workbook, I get the
same error.

That's what leads me to believe that this one workbook is corrupted somehow.
I would prefer not to have to create this workbook from scratch again, and
while having two workbooks (one for data and one for charts) is a solution, I
don't think I should have to do that.
 
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Andy Pope

Hi,

If you want to email me the workbook I will take a look and see if I can
discover why, other than corruption, you get the message.
andy AT andypope DOT info

Do you have the service pack installed?

Cheers
Andy
 
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Kermit

Thanks Andy. And yes all service packs are installed (windows and office).
When I run windows update there are no availalbe updates for windows or
office. That was one of the first things I tried.
 
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Andy Pope

Thanks for the example file.

The problem is caused by the name of the worksheet. The use of a period in
the sheet name whilst not prohibited does stop the chart from being created.

Simply changing the sheet name from A3.2 to A3-2 stops the dialog from
appearing and allows the chart to be created.

Cheers
Andy
 
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Kermit

Thanks so much Andy.
Hopefully this discussion will be helpful to others as well!
 
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Steve L

I have the same problem but it's not caused by periods in the worksheet
names. I had underscores in the worksheet names, and I removed them, still
doesn't work.

Let me clarify a little more on my situation. I'm trying to create a bubble
chart. I create the chart, screw it up, then cut it so I can start over.
After doing this a couple of times, the next time I click the bubble chart
icon to create my chart I get this errorr: "Some chart types cannot be
combined with other chart types. Select a different chart type." It
repeatedly does this now.

So It seems like in my case something is left hanging around. I got the
error yesterday and after doing something (like working on other sheets or
closing the spreadsheet) else I came back and excel allowed me to create my
bubble chart again. This time I've closed excel, restarted it, and I still
get the error.

Thanks for any help,
Steve
 
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Steve L

I forgot to mention I'm running excel 08 on a Mac.

(notice how I removed all the quoted text that used to be here?)

Steve
 

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