How to Add Arrow in Excel Graph (with Easy Steps)

You might discover that, whether your worksheet includes a column chart or a line chart, you need to include arrows in the column chart to demonstrate how the numbers are related to one another in terms of increasing or decreasing. The arrows cannot be added to the column bar in a direct way, but you can sketch the arrow forms and paste them into the column chart. This article will show you how to add an arrow to an Excel graph.

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Step-by-Step Procedures to Add an Arrow in Excel Graph

Here, we will demonstrate to you to add arrow in an Excel graph by creating a bar graph first then we will use the Shapes option from the Illustrations command for creating arrow in the graph.

Step 1: Creating Data Set with Proper Parameters

In this step, we will create our data set, including some products and their profit at a particular date.

  • In order to create a chart, we will first create a data set first.

Creating Data Set to Add Arrow in Excel Graph

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Step 2: Utilizing Charts Group

Excel’s charts group provides a range of chart types. In particular, many charting tools enable users to visualize complex data in straightforward, graphical forms.

  • Firstly, select the Product and Profit column.

  • Firstly, go to the Insert tab after selecting the data range from the given data set.
  • Secondly, choose the Insert Column or Bar Chart from the Charts group.
  • Thirdly, select the Clustered Column option from the 2-D Column.

Utilizing Charts Group to Add Arrow in Excel Graph

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Step 3: Making Bar Chart

When comparing precise data groups like frequency, quantity, range, or measurements, bar charts can be helpful. They are also employed to show patterns.

  • As a result, you will see the output graph in the below image.

Making Bar Chart to Add Arrow in Excel Graph

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Step 4: Using Shapes Option to Add Arrow in Excel Graph

  • Firstly, go to the Insert tab.
  • Secondly, click on the Illustrations command.
  • Thirdly, choose the Shapes option from the Illustrations command.
  • Finally, select the Up and Down arrows whatever you want from the Block Arrows option.

Using Shapes Option to Add Arrow in Excel Graph

  • After that, you can format the arrows’ styles as necessary by dragging the mouse to design them whatever you want.
  • Then, press CTRL+C for copying the arrow.
  • Besides, click on the column in the graph, and all the columns will be selected.
  • Lastly, press CTRL+V to paste the arrow in the column.

  • Finally, you will get the following outcome where all the columns act as an arrow in the bar graph.

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In this article, I’ve covered step by step process of how to add an arrow to an Excel graph. I sincerely hope you enjoyed and learned a lot from this article. Additionally, if you want to read more articles on Excel, you may visit our website, Exceldemy. If you have any questions, comments, or recommendations, kindly leave them in the comment section below.

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Bishawajit Chakraborty

Bishawajit Chakraborty

I'm Bishawajit Chakraborty. Hello. I graduated from Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I'm working with ExcelDemy as a Content Developer for Excel & VBA. You can visit our website, Exceldemy if you'd like to read my published articles on MS Excel and VBA.

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