How can I create a bar chart in Grapher with adjacent bars?

Grapher allows multiple variable bar charts to be stacked, adjacent, or a combination of stacked and adjacent. To create a multi-variable graph that shows all bar charts for each category as adjacent or side-by-side, you can use these steps:


  1. Click the Home | New Graph | Bar | Vertical Bar Chart command.
  2. Select the data file and click Open. As an example, I am using the Tutorial.dat file located in Grapher's Samples directory. The first bar chart is created.
  3. In the Object Manager, click on the Bar Chart 1 to select it.
  4. In the Property Manager, click on the Plot tab.
  5. Change the Stacking option to Adjacent.
  6. Click the Create button next to New plot to add each additional bar chart. Note that all of the bars will be stacked in a single bar initially.
  7. If necessary, change the other bar chart properties for each bar chart. For instance, you may want to change the Bar width to a smaller value to leave gaps between adjacent groups.
  8. Click on the Bar Groups tab.
  9. You will see a Group 1 section. Check the bars that should be stacked together.
  10. If some bars cannot be checked, click on the Group 1 text next to Groups. If another group is listed select it and click the Delete button next to Delete group. Only a single bar chart group should exist.


Once all the bars are in the group, your graph will look something like:

Make sure all bars are in the same
group in Bar Chart Groups to place the bars side-by-side.


Updated November 17, 2017

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