How To Add A Y Axis In Google Sheets

Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add a y axis in google sheets.

Datasets with multiple variables can be hard to interpret using standard graphs and charts with a single Y axis, but in many cases adding a second Y axis to label the data can be very helpful. By default, Google Sheets typically only generates one Y axis for a chart, but you can easily add a Y axis to the chart by following the steps below.

Adding a Chart

Before adding an additional Y Axis, you’ll need to insert a chart in Google Sheets. Here’s how:

Step 1

Select the data you want to chart. This should include two ranges to be charted on the Y access, as well as a range for the X axis

Step 2

Open the Insert menu, and select Chart

Step 3

From the Chart Editor sidebar, select the type of chart you want to use. A Combo Chart type often works well for datasets with multiple Y Axes

Step 4

The chart will update to the selected chart type. You can drag and drop to position it above the cells

Adding a Y Axis to the Chart

After inserting your chart, here’s how to add a second Y axis:

Step 1

Open the Chart Editor by selecting the chart and clicking on the 3-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner of the chart. From the menu that appears, select Edit Chart

Step 2

Switch to the Customize tab of the Chart Editor, then click on the Series section to expand it

Step 3

From the dropdown at the top of the Series section, select the Series you want to display in the left-hand Y axis

Step 4

Scroll to the bottom of the Series Section and ensure Left Axis is selected in the Axis dropdown

Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the right-side Series but choose Right Axis from the Axis dropdown

Step 6

Both axes will display on the chart, scaled to fit the corresponding datasets


Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

In this tutorial, I covered how to add a y axis in google sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.