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How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel
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How to make a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel

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In August 2013, I challenged my blog readers to create a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel. Check out the corresponding blog post here: http://emeryevaluation.com/2013/09/06/diverging/

In August 2013, I challenged my blog readers to create a diverging stacked bar chart in Excel. Check out the corresponding blog post here: http://emeryevaluation.com/2013/09/06/diverging/

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  • 1. diverging stacked bar chart in Excel by @annkemery How to make a
  • 2. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 1 2 3 Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Why make one of these…
  • 3. …when you can make one of these? 25% 15% 8% 20% 10% 7% 25% 30% 35% 30% 45% 50% I'd recommend this program to a friend. I learned a lot in this program. This program exceeded my expectations. Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree A majority of participants would recommend this program to a friend (85% strongly agreed or agreed). Three-quarters (75%) strongly agreed or agreed that they learned a lot in this program, but only half (55%) felt the program exceeded their expectations. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements. (n=100)
  • 4. But can I make that in Excel?!
  • 5. Yes! We’ll use 2 charts + 8 text boxes.
  • 6. And it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
  • 7. Step 1 Type your data into Excel.
  • 8. Step 1 Type your data into Excel. (Heads up:The columns don’t go in order !)
  • 9. Step 2 Select the disagree/strongly disagree data and insert a stacked bar chart.
  • 10. Step 3 Adjust the horizontal axis so it goes to 100%. (So both charts are consistent.)
  • 11. Step 4 Insert another stacked bar chart for the agree/strongly agree data.
  • 12. Step 5 Now let’s make ‘em diverge! Use “Values in Reverse Order” to flip the left graph on its vertical axis.
  • 13. That’s it! You’re done!
  • 14. Well… kind of. Let’s clean it up.
  • 15. Step 6 Add data labels to the ends of the bars.
  • 16. Step 7 Let’s de-clutter! Delete the legends…
  • 17. Step 7 Let’s de-clutter! …and delete the axis labels…
  • 18. Step 7 Let’s de-clutter! …and delete the grid lines.
  • 19. Step 8 Let’s give the reader much-needed contextual info. Add text boxes for the survey questions…
  • 20. Step 8 Let’s give the reader much-needed contextual info. …and for the question choices...
  • 21. Step 8 Let’s give the reader much-needed contextual info. …and for the caption at top.
  • 22. Step 9 Give your chart a custom color palette. I wanted to match my university’s logo. 248:244:238 248:255:201 234:230:117 217:199:60 81:133:69 129:189:117 Logo Color Palette RGB Codes
  • 23. Step 9 Stronger question choices (like “strongly agree”) get the stronger, darker colors.
  • 24. Step 9 You might outline the bars in white for a crisper, cleaner look.
  • 25. Step 10 Reduce the gap width (that gap between bars) from 150% to around 40 or 50%.
  • 26. Step 11 Take care of last-minute touch ups. (I decided to enlarge my data labels, delete the borders, elongate the charts, & shrink that little space between them.)
  • 27. Step 12 Finally, “group” all the items together. (This will save you tons of time later, I promise!)
  • 28. Congrats! You’re ready to paste your single chart intoWord or PowerPoint! 25% 15% 8% 20% 10% 7% 25% 30% 35% 30% 45% 50% I'd recommend this program to a friend. I learned a lot in this program. This program exceeded my expectations. Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree A majority of participants would recommend this program to a friend (85% strongly agreed or agreed). Three-quarters (75%) strongly agreed or agreed that they learned a lot in this program, but only half (55%) felt the program exceeded their expectations. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements. (n=100)
  • 29. Tips & techniques brought to you by Ann K. Emery Want to learn more? Want to download my Excel files? emeryevaluation.com

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