How to easily create a stacked clustered column chart in excel

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Excel does not offer a Clustered Stacked Column chart, nor does it offer a Clustered Stacked Bar chart.

Excel offers a Clustered Column chart type and a Stacked Column chart type, but it doesn’t offer the combination of these two charts. Same goes for a Clustered Stacked Bar chart.

What is a Clustered Stacked Column Chart?

Well a clustered stacked column chart would allow you to group your data (or cluster the data points) but use it in conjunction with a stacked column chart type.
Learn how to make a clustered stacked column chart with this How-to step-by-step tutorial and video link.

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  • This tutorial rocks - thanks so much!!
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  • is there a way to create a stacked chart, but without the figures adding up? thanks
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  • Thanks, Steve.

    Another tip, to show a Total figure on top of each bar:

    -Instead of the White Fill, put a Total column with the totals for each row

    -Format the series to No Fill & No Line

    -Format Data Label to contain the value, positioned Inside base
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  • Hi Jon, thanks for the comment. It is not necessary. Thanks
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  • Why do you need a white bar between the clusters? Just leave it blank.
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How to easily create a stacked clustered column chart in excel

  1. 1. How-to Easily Create a StackedHow-to Easily Create a StackedClustered Column Chart in ExcelClustered Column Chart in Excel
  2. 2. There is one type of chart that is always requested, however,There is one type of chart that is always requested, however,Excel doesn’t offer this type of chart. What could it be?Excel doesn’t offer this type of chart. What could it be?06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 2
  3. 3. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 3Excel does not offer a Clustered Stacked Column chart, nor does it offer a ClusteredStacked Bar chart.Excel offers a Clustered Column chart type and a Stacked Column chart type, but itdoesn’t offer the combination of these two charts. Same goes for a Clustered StackedBar chart.What does Clustered Stacked Column Chart show?Well a clustered stacked column chart would allow you to group your data (or clusterthe data points) but use it in conjunction with a stacked column chart type.
  4. 4. Here, is what a Clustered Stacked Column Chart would look like:Here, is what a Clustered Stacked Column Chart would look like:06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 4
  5. 5. Here is what a Clustered Stacked Bar Chart would look like:Here is what a Clustered Stacked Bar Chart would look like:06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 5
  6. 6. Clustered Stacked Column or Bar Chart Type is NotClustered Stacked Column or Bar Chart Type is NotAvailable in ExcelAvailable in Excel06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 6Why doesn’t Microsoft Excel offer these types of charts? I don’tknow, but they are commonly requested by users.In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a Clustered StackedColumn Chart, but the technique is the same when creating aClustered Stacked Bar Chart.The only difference is that you will choose a stacked bar chartinstead of a stacked column chart. Other than that, everythingelse is exactly the same.
  7. 7. The BreakdownThe Breakdown06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 71) Create a Chart Data Range2) Create Stacked Column Chart or Stacked Bar Chart(Note: this tutorial will show only the Stacked Column Chart Type butthe techniques are the same)3) Switch Row/Column4) Change Column Gap Width5) Change Vertical Axis6) Change White Fill Series to a Color of White7) Remove the White Fill Label from the Legend
  8. 8. Step-by-Step - 1) Create a Chart Data RangeStep-by-Step - 1) Create a Chart Data Range06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 8This is the critical step in making an EASYStacked Clustered Column Chart.There are other ways to create this Excel charttype, but they are not easy and usually confusepeople.What my solution involves is using Multi-levelCategory Labels as your Horizontal Axis format.
  9. 9. More On Excel Multi-Level Categories in ChartsMore On Excel Multi-Level Categories in Charts• Multi-level categories is the key. You can check out otherexamples of charts that I have created with Multi-levelCategory Labels here:• Case Study Solution – Mom Needing Help on Science Fair Graphs/Charts• This chart is going to compare the advertising spend on twodifferent products in four categories for both budgetednumbers and actual numbers.06/20/13How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel9
  10. 10. So here is how we want to set up our data:So here is how we want to set up our data:06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 10
  11. 11. • As you can see, I have 2 products. Then I havea separate line for the budgeted advertisingdollars and the actual advertising spent.• There are 4 categories of the budget andexpenditures related to Radio, Print,Television and Internet.• You will also see a chart data series on the rightcalled White Fill. This is used to create a blankbetween the clusters. You can check out a postwith a similar trick here:• How-to Make a Wall Street Journal Horizontal Panel Chart in Excel06/20/13 11How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel
  12. 12. Stacked Column ExampleStacked Column Example06/20/13How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered ColumnChart in Excel 12I am going to spend the bulk of this post here, so let’s examine the way that Ihave set up the data. The first row of the data contains the items that we want toappear in the legend as the categories of our stacked columns.
  13. 13. 06/20/13 13The next few rows represent our the firstsection of our first Stacked Clustereddata group.This will be for Product 1 and we have 2rows, 1 that represents the budgetedadvertising dollars and one thatrepresents the actual advertising dollarsfor all 4 categories (radio, print, TV andinternetHow-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel
  14. 14. 06/20/13 14The biggest thing to remember here is thatwe have created a Multi-level Category.We have done this in Column A. Noticethat A3 has the Product name, but there isnothing in A4. What this does is create agrouping or Multi-level Category for thechart for the first product.Here is what it will look like in the finalchart:How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel
  15. 15. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 15Notice how it creates a grouping for Product 1 and has subcategoriesfor the budget vs. actual numbers.The next row appears to be a blank row. It is mostly blank except in 2cells. In cell G5, I have put the value of the highest horizontal gridlinethat I want to display in the graph.
  16. 16. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 16Also, in cell A5, I have put in a Space. Just a simple space with yourkeyboard. I put a space in cell A5 so that the Multi-level Categories inExcel will put a line from the chart to the bottom of the horizontal axislabels.Here it is with a space and without a space.See how the grouping for Product 1 is tight around the budget andactuals vs. on the right when it spans across the empty space? Thespace is important to tell Excel where the first Multi-level Categoryends.
  17. 17. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 17Finally, the last area of the chart data range is our next advertisingexpenditures grouping for Product 2
  18. 18. 2) Create Stacked Column Chart or Stacked Bar Chart2) Create Stacked Column Chart or Stacked Bar Chart06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 18Now that you have set up your data, you can create your chart. Highlight therange from A2:G7 and then choose the Stacked Column chart from the Columnbutton on the Insert ribbon.
  19. 19. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 1906/20/13 19Your chart should now look like this:
  20. 20. 3) Switch Row/Column3) Switch Row/Column06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 20Now our chart isn’t in the right format that we want. We wanted theProduct and Budget vs. Actual labels on the horizontal axis, not theadvertising groups. We can fix this by selecting the chart and then choosethe Switch Row/Column button from the Design ribbon.If you don’t know why Excel is doing this, please check this post:Why Does Excel Switch Rows/Columns in My Chart?
  21. 21. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 21After you have done this, your chart should now look like this:
  22. 22. 4) Change Column Gap Width4) Change Column Gap Width06/20/13How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column22This is looking very close to what we want.Now lets make the groupings appear moreclosely related.We can do this by changing the Gap Widthfrom the Format Series Dialog Box.You can get to these options by rightclicking on any data series in the chart andthen selecting “Format Data Series” fromthe pop up menu.
  23. 23. 06/20/13How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column23Then change the Gap Width from the Series Options to your desiredsize. In this case, I am going to change the gap width to 25%.
  24. 24. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 24Here is what your chart should look like now:This will make the clustered stacked columns move closer together sothat the data can be compared more easily.
  25. 25. 5) Change Vertical Axis5) Change Vertical Axis06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 25I don’t like the default vertical axismaximum that Excel sets for us. Iwould like to change it tosomething that is closer to mydata.Right click on the vertical axis andthen choose “Format Axis” from thepop up menu.
  26. 26. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 26Then from the Format Axis dialog box in the Axis Options, change theMinimum to 0 and the Maximum to 701 as you see here:
  27. 27. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 27Your resulting chart should now look like this:
  28. 28. 6) Change White Fill Series to a Color of White6) Change White Fill Series to a Color of White06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 28We are almost done.Now we added an additional series calledWhite Fill that will create even moreseparation between the 2 different clusteredstacked column chart.So to make it do this, we need to right clickon the White Fill column and choose the“Format Data Series…” from the pop upmenu.
  29. 29. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 29Then, from the Format Data Series dialog box, go to the Fill options and thenchange the Fill choice to Solid Fill and change the Fill Color to White.
  30. 30. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 30Your chart should now look like this:
  31. 31. 7) Remove the White Fill Label from the Legend7) Remove the White Fill Label from the Legend06/20/13How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column31Looks great.We are almost done. Only one lastthing to do. We need to remove the“White Fill” legend entry.We can do this pretty quick and easilyby first selecting the chart, then selectthe legend and then finally selectingthe “White Fill” legend entry.
  32. 32. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 32Now it should look like thisOnce you have the “White Fill” legend entry selected, simply press the delete key. Your final chart will now look like this:
  33. 33. 06/20/13 How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel 33This is how you can create a very simple and easyClustered Stacked Column Chart. Check the link below tosee this tutorial in action in a video demonstration.Video TutorialIf you would like to see a video demonstration of thistechnique in Excel Chart building, please visit our YouTubeChannel at this link: http://youtu.be/ztphRTL_rAwThanks for viewing this presentation!Please visit our blog and let us know if you found this helpfulby posting a comment and don’t forget to sign up for the RSSFeed. That way you are sure to get the most current ExcelDashboard Tutorial:http://www.exceldashboardtemplates.com/

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