How to Add Standard Deviation Error Bars in Excel: 5 Methods

Method 1 – Input a Dataset with Necessary Components

  • Insert a dataset that will be populated with the necessary components. We have taken a dataset of Year-wise Sales of XYZ Company.

Input a Dataset with Necessary Components to show standard deviation error bars in excel


Method 2 – Calculate Standard Deviation

  • Calculate the standard deviation of your dataset by the STDEV.S function.
  • Go to cell C11 and write up the formula.

=STDEV.S(C5:C10)

The above syntax finds the standard deviation of cell range C5:C10.

Calculate Standard Deviation with STDEV.S Function to show error bars in excel


Method 3 – Insert Bar Chart

  • Select cell B4 after removing the column header.
  • Navigate to the Insert tab >> choose Insert Column or Bar Chart >>pick Clustered Column.

Insert Bar Chart to show standard deviation error bars in excel

It will create a bar chart with multiple bars like the image below.


Method 4 – Plot Error Bars to Show Standard Deviation

  • Select the plot area. Click on the ➕ (plus sign) which represents the Chart Elements. Check the Error Bar and choose Standard Deviation.

Plot Error Bars to Show Standard Deviation in excel

Get the chart with the standard deviation error bars.


Method 5 – Customize Error Bars

  • Customize the error bars. Click on any error bar and apparently, Format Error Bars appear.
  • Choose the Custom command in the Error Amount option and select the Specify Value.

Customize Error Bars

  • The Custom Error Bars window appears. Put the Positive and Negative Error Value to 20.
  • Hit OK.

Custom Error Bars window

Get the standard deviation error bars like the image below.


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