When I try to make a simple graph of some points in a Google Sheets said points do not end up where I want them to in the graph. Using data like this I expect a straight line in my graph:

col A   col B
 1      0.5
 3      1.5
10        5

Instead the points are laid out as if the data was actually:

col A   col B
1       0.5
2       1.5
3         5

To be fair I have checked "Use column A as labels". But if I don't check that box I get two lines, neither a straight line.

How do I tell Google Sheets to use column A as x values and column B as y values for my graph?

3 Answers 3


To get the desired result edit your chart and change the type to Scatter and uncheck the Use column A as labels.

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  • Thanks! My actual graph uses dates as the values for the x axis and the scatter type doesn't seem to work in my case. Any other ideas?
    – Arlaharen
    Sep 29, 2010 at 4:46
  • 1
    @Arlaharen yes but your question was specific for a (x, y) representation.. Date is another case..! You can convert the date to a number and do it like that.. :) Otherwise is a label
    – Lipis
    Sep 29, 2010 at 18:39

The new update in Google Sheets is treating the data in Column A as text. Column A now has to be used as labels, but you also have to uncheck the box that treats column A as text. It's nonsensical. After the update, you have to click and unclick two things to get an x,y-scatterplot when in the past, it took 1 click.


Select A1:B4, Insert > Chart... and change the chart type to Line chart:

WA7117 example

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