A frequency distribution table and chart provide an easy way to present how our data is spread out over a specified range. Through pivot tables, Excel allows us to create a frequency distribution table and chart.

Below is an example of a frequency distribution chart created through pivot tables.

*Figure 1. Final result: **Frequency distribution*

**How to create a frequency distribution**

Here are the steps to make a frequency distribution:

- Prepare our data
- Insert a pivot table
- Insert a frequency distribution table
- Insert a frequency distribution chart

**Prepare our data**

Below is a list of names and scores that we want to present as a frequency table and a frequency chart.

*Figure 2. Sample data for **frequency distribution*

**Insert pivot table**

We insert a pivot table by selecting our data (B2:C12), then clicking ** Insert **tab >

**.**

*PivotTable**Figure 3. PivotTable option in Insert tab*

In the ** Create PivotTable** dialog box:

- Tick
*Existing Worksheet* - In
, click the button and select cell E2*Location*

This will insert the pivot table in the existing worksheet in cell E2.

*Figure 4. Create Pivot Table dialog box*

- In order to create a pivot table that shows the scores, tick and drag the
field to the box for*Score*and*ROWS*.*VALUES*

*Figure 5. Drag and drop the Score field*

- Under
, let us change the function from SUM to COUNT by clicking the down arrow in*VALUES*and selecting*Sum of Score*.*Value Field Settings*

*Figure 6. Value Field Settings option*

- Choose from the type of calculation and select
.*Count*

*Figure 7. Change type of calculation from Sum to Count*

We have now created a pivot table showing the count per score.

*Figure 8. Pivot table created*

**How to create a frequency distribution**** table**

- Click anywhere under Row Labels and select Group

*Figure 9. Select Group in menu options*

The grouping default values will be the minimum and maximum values in our list, and grouping is set by 1.

*Figure 10. Default grouping parameters*

For this example, we want to group the scores by 5, starting from 75 to 100.

Enter the following in the textboxes:

- Starting at: 75
- Ending at: 100
- By: 5

*Figure 11. Customize grouping parameters*

Click OK and the frequency distribution table will be created, showing the frequency or count of scores per specific range.

*Figure 12. Output: **How to create a frequency distribution** table*

**How to create a frequency distribution chart**

Click anywhere on the pivot table then click ** Insert **tab >

*PivotChart**Figure 13. PivotChart in Insert tab*

The Insert Chart dialog box will appear. Select the Clustered Column chart type and click OK.

*Figure 14. Insert Clustered Column chart*

We will instantly create a frequency distribution chart, showing the score ranges in the horizontal axis and the corresponding frequencies in the vertical axis.

*Figure 15. Output: **Create frequency distribution **chart*

We can customize our frequency distribution chart by performing the following:

- Change chart title to Scores Frequency Distribution
- Delete the legend
- Format the vertical axis (set maximum value to 5.0, major units to 1.0)
- Change the chart design to Style 8

Finally, we have created a frequency distribution chart, as shown below.

*Figure 16. Output: **Create frequency distribution*