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Excel Charts : Invert if Negative. Invert When Negative Property

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For column, bar, cylinder, cone and pyramid charts there is an option to automatically  display an alternative color if the value is negative. This feature can be very handy but configuring it is awkward to say the least.

How To Use 'Invert if negative'

Lets Start with a normal column chart. Negative bars are currently colored the same as positive

From the Format Data Series dialog we can enable the 'Invert if negative' option.

This is how the Invert if negative will work according to the help.

(Note: pie charts do not plot negatives and the option is not available for either pie or area)

The result is a different color for the negative values. 
So now we want to select a suitable negative color.

If we once again display the Format Data Series dialog and press Fill Effects we will see the dialog shown below. The Foreground color matches the positive bars and the Background color matches with the negative bars.
So we change the background color to the desired color for our negative bars.

Now you may have noticed that all the Patterns contain a mixture of Foreground and Background. As we want solid colors we will have to select the pattern with the least intrusive pattern, which is the 5% pattern.

So now the bars are have different colors for positive and negative values.

BUT wait, they are the complete opposite of what we want.

Lets go back to the Fill Effects dialog and swap the color selection

That's better, we now have the right colors for the positive and negative bars. Although our chart looks as though it has measles.

To get rid of those spots go back to the Format Data Series dialog and select the required color for the positive bars.

There we go a chart with solid positive and negative colors.

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