Histograms in Microsoft Excel 2010

In this article we will learn on how to make Histogram in Microsoft Excel 2010.

Histogram is a frequency distribution which shows how often each value in a set of data occurs. Histogram is the most widely used graph to show frequency distributions. The histogram is one of the seven basic tools of quality control.

Histograms provide a visual interpretation of data which contains digits by specifying the number of data points that occur within a range of values called a class or bin. The frequency of the data that falls in each class can be shown by the use of a bar.
Example of Histogram:


Let us take an example:

We have Students data containing their Height in inches in column B. In column C we have Bin (Upper Levels) of 10 each. We need to calculate the Height of Students falling in between 40-50, 50-60, 60-70 & more than 70

Steps to make a Histogram:

  • Click on Data Ribbon
  • In Analysis group, click on Data Analysis


  • If you cannot find the Data Analysis menu, then click here to load the Analysis ToolPak
  • Select Histogram &click on ok.


  • Select the Height of Students in Input Range $B$2:$B$11
  • Select Bin Range $C$2:$C$5
  • Select the Output Range
  • Check the Chart Output option


  • Click on OK


  • Histogram looks like a ColumnChart, but there are important differences between them.
  • In Column Chart, there is a gap between each bar whereas in Histogram, there is no gap.


A histogram is a bar graph of raw data that creates a picture of the data distribution. The bars represent the frequency of occurrence by classes of data.

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