# How to Create Pareto Chart with Cumulative Percentage in Excel

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Pareto charts are used to identify the issues to focus on first in order to make improvements. This article walks readers through a few simple steps on how to create a Pareto chart with a cumulative percentage in Excel. Letâ€™s follow the steps carefully to create a perfect Pareto chart.

## Pareto Chart with Cumulative Percentage in Excel: 3 Suitable Ways to Create

We have covered 3 methods of creating a Pareto chart with a cumulative percentage for different versions of Excel. We have applied The SUM function here to compute the cumulative percentage. Later, some formatting is done to make the chart ideal.

### Method 1: Using Excel 2016-365 Versions to Create a Pareto Chart with Cumulative Percentage in Excel

Suppose we have some information regarding the complaints of the patients of a hospital. The number of complaints about an issue is considered as frequency.

Steps:

• First, select any cell of the data table.
• Then, click on Insert.
• Later, select the Recommended Charts.

• Now, after selecting the Recommended Charts option, a new dialog box will show up.
• Press on theÂ All-Charts option which is marked here.

• Afterwards, select Histogram from Recommended Charts.
• Next, select the Pareto option from the Histogram which is marked in the picture.
• Finally, hit the OK.

• Accordingly, after selecting the OK option, a Pareto chart with Cumulative Percentage is created automatically with Excel 2016-365 Versions.

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### Method 2: Applying Excel 2013 Version to Create a Pareto Chart with Cumulative Percentage

We have the same dataset as the previous method. Now, we need to determine the cumulative percentage first.

#### Step-01: Calculating Cumulative Percentage

To calculate the cumulative percentage, we will apply the SUM function.

• First, enter the Formula in Cell D5. This formula will quickly compute the cumulative percentage.
`=SUM(\$C\$5:C5)/SUM(\$C\$5:\$C\$13)`

• Next, click on ENTER and you can see the result in cell D5.
• One thing to be noticed here is that the data type of the Cumulative Percentage column is Percentage.

• In conclusion, copy the formula down to cell D13 by using the AutoFill.
• As a result, we will get the Cumulative Percentage of the whole column.

#### Step-02: Drawing Pareto Chart

In this step, we will insert Combo ChartÂ so that we can format this later to a Pareto Chart.

• Initially, select any cell of the table. We have selected C5.
• Secondly, click on the Insert.
• Press on the Recommended Charts from options.

• Consequently, a dialog box will pop up and from that Select All Charts.
• Now, click on the Combo option from Recommended Charts.
• At the bottom Cumulative Percentage should be in Line Chart Type.
• Finally, put a tick on the blank marked box. Which defines that Cumulative Percentage will be the Secondary Axis.

• Now, press the OK button to create the chart.

• Therefore, we got the Pareto Chart.

#### Step-03: Formatting Axis

To look polished, this chart needs some formatting. Firstly, letâ€™s format the Axis.

• In the beginning, right-click on the secondary axis marked in the picture.

• Options will appear like this.
• Then, select Format Axis.

• In the Axis Options, you will see that Bounds Maximum valueÂ is 2Â by default.
• 2 means it will show up to 120%.

• So, reset 2 to 1.0 as we want the cumulative percentage up to 100%.

• Consecutively, we have formatted the Axis and it looks like the image below.

#### Step-04: Formatting Bar Width

Secondly, we will format the bar width to make the chart look better.

• To begin, right-click on the Column bar marked below.

• After getting this box, select Format Data Point.

• The Gap Width is set 219% by default. You have to change it to 5%.

• Reset the Width to 5%.

• At the end of this, the Pareto Chart will look like this.
• In conclusion, by following these 6 steps, we have created a Pareto Chart with cumulative percentages in Excel 2013.

### Method 3: Creating Excel 2010 Version to Create a Pareto Chart with Cumulative Percentage

Imagine, we have a dataset of complaints regarding the medical services of a hospital. We need to calculate the cumulative percentage by applying formulas.

#### Step-01: Preparing Data Set with Cumulative Percentage

As we will insert a chart so letâ€™s prepare the dataset now.

• First and foremost, enter the formula in cell D5.
`=SUM(\$C\$5:C5)/SUM(\$C\$5:\$C\$13)`

• Next, hit the ENTER button and you will get the result.

• With the help of AutoFill, duplicate the formula down to cell D13.
• Therefore, we computed the cumulative percentage for all the cells.

#### Step-02: Inserting Columns

Here, we will insert 2-D column and later we can convert it to Pareto Chart by Formatting.

• Initially, select any cell of the data table. We have selected cell C5.
• Then, click on Insert.
• Later, choose the column icon from the tab which is pointed in the image.

• Among the options pick a 2-D Column.
• From the 2-D column choose the first one.

• The chart will appear like the snapshot shown below.

#### Step-03: Changing Series Chart Type

The chart requires some formatting, which will be covered in this step.

• In the first place, select the cumulativeÂ percentageÂ column.
• In case, your cumulative percentage bar is too small to hover the mouse over, widen the chart by dragging the corner borders.

• Right-click on the column and this box will be displayed. Choose Change Chart Type from the options.

• Subsequently, this new window will pop up. Click on the Combo option from the Recommended Charts.
• Now, put a tick mark beside the Cumulative Percentage. This means the secondary axis will be the cumulative percentage.
• Finally, hit OK.

• Correspondingly, Cumulative Percentage has converted into line.

#### Step-04: Formatting Axis

Now, we need to Format the Axis to set the Maximum Bound value to 1.0.

• Initially, choose the Secondary Axis pointed in the image.

• Afterwards, right-click on this Axis.
• Later, from the options select Format Axis.

• In Axis Options, under Bounds, Maximum value isÂ 1.2 which means 120% is the maximum value for the vertical Axis.

• As 1.2 is not okay for Pareto Chart, change this to 1.0 which denotes the highest value to be 100%.

• The chart will appear as the following one.

#### Step-05: Formatting Data Point to decrease column width

We will decrease the Column Width to make it look like an ideal Pareto Chart.

• To start, select any Column.

• Then, right-click on the column and choose Format Data Point from the box.

• In Primary Axis, Gap Width is showing 219% which is too much.

• Therefore, swap this with 5%.

• Thus, decreasing the gap width, and your Pareto chart is ready.

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## Conclusion

In this article, we have demonstrated how to make a Pareto chart with a cumulative percentage steps-by-steps. By following the steps, you can make a Pareto chart according to your preference very quickly. In case you face any problem regarding the article, please leave a comment here. We will try to solve the problem.

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