How to Make a 100 Percent Stacked Bar Chart in Excel

 

What Is a Stacked Bar Chart?

A stacked bar chart is a graph to represent and compare the segments of a whole. It can show the parts of a whole data series. A stacked bar chart usually has several bars and each of them is divided into multiple segments. Each bar represents a different data series and each part or segment of a bar represents a particular category within that data series. A stacked bar chart is used to show a larger variable divided into smaller categories and then compare the categories across different variables. In the case of a 100 % stacked bar chart, each bar makes up a total of 100%.

100% stacked bar chart in excel


Step 1 – Organizing the Data in Excel

  • We have the following dataset. It contains the monthly sales of 3 different stores. You can make a 100% stacked bar chart to show and compare the contributions of the stores to the total sales.

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Step 2 – Inserting a 100% Stacked Bar Chart in Excel

  • Select Insert.
  • Go to Insert Column or Bar Chart.
  • Select 2-D Bar and pick a 100% Stacked Bar. Alternatively, you can select the 3-D 100% Stacked Bar from 3-D Bar.

Insert 100% stacked bar chart in excel

  • The following 100% stacked bar chart will be inserted.

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Step 3 – Editing the Chart Title

  • Click on the chart title and enter a title as required.


Step 4 – Picking a Suitable Chart Style

  • Choose a style for the bar chart from the Chart Design tab. The tab shows when you have the chart selected.


Step 5 – Formatting the Chart Axes

  • Click on the chart axes to apply text formatting to make the chart more presentable.

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Step 6 – Changing the Bar Colors

  • Click on any particular data series on the bar chart.
  • Right-click and choose the desired fill color.

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Step 7 – Adding Data Labels

  • Note that the 100% stacked bar chart doesn’t show the actual value but represents their percentages.
  • To show the actual value on the bar chart, check the Data Labels checkbox from the Chart Elements.

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Step 8 – Finalizing the 100% Stacked Bar Chart in Excel

  • You can customize the bar chart further if needed by repeating the steps above.

100% stacked bar chart in excel

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Things to Remember

  • You must select the chart to be able to customize it.

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