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How to add total labels to stacked column chart in Excel?

For stacked bar charts, you can add data labels to the individual components of the stacked bar chart easily. But sometimes you need to have a floating total values displayed at the top of a stacked bar graph so that make the chart more understandable and readable. The basic chart function does not allow you to add a total data label for the sum of the individual components. However, you can work out this problem with following processes.

Add total labels to stacked column chart in Excel

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Supposing you have the following table data.
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1. Firstly, you can create a stacked column chart by selecting the data that you want to create a chart, and clicking Insert > Column, under 2-D Column to choose the stacked column. See screenshots:
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And now a stacked column chart has been built. See screenshot:
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2. Then right click the Total series and select Change Series Chart Type.
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3. In the Change Chart Type dialog box, choose one of the simple line charts as your new chart type, and click the OK button.
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And your Total series has been changed to the line chart type. See screenshots:
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4. Select and right click your new line chart and choose Add Data Labels. See screenshot:
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And now each label has been added to corresponding data point. See screenshot:
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5. Select and right click your new data labels, and choose Format Data Labels from the context menu, see screenshot:
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6. In the Format Data Labels dialog box, click Label Options from the left pane, and check Above option under Label Position. See screenshot:
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7. Then click Close button, the total labels have been floated at the top of the stacked column chart, and you can also bold the labels.
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8. And then you need to make the line chart invisible, right click the line, and select Format Data Series. See screenshot:
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9. In the Format Data Series dialog, click Line Color from the left pane, and check No line option. See screenshot:
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10. And you will get the result as following screenshot:
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At last you can delete the Total data series label within the legend. See screenshots:
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    Data Noob · 6 months ago
    Amazing Trick!
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    Bee · 9 months ago
    Every single time I touch the chart in any way, the label position of the total switches back to "Right" instead of "Above". Can't even copy/paste-as-picture, reverts back to right-position.

    Anyone else seen this issue and figured out how to fix it? (Excel 2016 on Win10)
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      kellytte · 7 months ago
      Hi Bee,
      Please make sure that you have chosen Above option in the Label Position section of the Format Data Labels dialog box in the Step 6.
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    Martijn · 10 months ago
    Thanks, couldn't come up with this myself!
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    Karen · 11 months ago
    Thank you, exactly what I was looking for!
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    audi · 1 years ago
    kalau saya mau membuat data seperti nama bulan total. jadi penjelasannya mengenai banyak org yg mendaftar pada tiap bulan. namn ditambahkan tanggal saat org masuk utk daftar. bagaimana ya
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    george · 2 years ago
    Thanks v much for this!
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    John · 2 years ago
    All you need to do to add totals to a stacked bar graph or stacked 3D bar graph is create a text box and in it, refer back to the cell you want to show. Assume you have values of 50, 120 and 30 in three cells A1, A2 and A3 and a total of 200 in A4, all in sheet 1, and you then create a stacked bar chart in Sheet 2. In Sheet 2 you would insert a text box anywhere on the worksheet. In that text box you would type =Sheet1!$A$4 Move it to the top of the bar in the chart and voila, all done. The benefit of this method is that it also works with a 3D stacked bar chart.
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      Jeff · 1 years ago
      In my experience, when resizing the chart for presentation(powerpoint) the labels do not reposition correctly due to not being tied to the columns.
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    Corey · 4 years ago
    This is a great idea, but doesn't work with some negative data points. Because the line goes through the middle of the bars the total data label gets obscured, any ideas?
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    Noman Ali · 4 years ago
    very mindful technique, exactly I was looking for
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    Meliss · 4 years ago
    The line chart method seemed like a great idea, but didn't work for me. Excel 2010 would not allow me to change the chart type for just one of the series. Even though I selected only the total series, all series would change to a line type.
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    Karthik · 5 years ago
    Thanks a lot. Very clear information with screenshots.
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    ABD200 · 5 years ago
    Hello i need some help, very urgent
    i have a table like this one or any other different data
    1 | 2 | 3 | ...........|12| Total
    2012| 2 | 4 | 5 |...............|..
    2013| 9 | 8 | 6 |...............|..

    How can i draw a column chart containing the results , with in the end showing the Total different Axis.
    plus i need an automatic line in the graph separating the all the column from the Total column.
    Thanks in advance
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    Sabrina · 5 years ago
    This was so very helpful!!!
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    Katalin · 5 years ago
    Exactly what I needed - nice and concise explanation too!
    Thank you :)
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    Leo Milla · 5 years ago
    Just what i was looking for!!! Thanks :lol:
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    Zulfiqur · 5 years ago
    Awesome explanation..really helpful
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    V Kottapalli · 5 years ago
    Great post. Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!!
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    Prakher · 5 years ago
    Amazing explanation. This is exactly what I was looking for.

    Thanks a lot.
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    Arun · 5 years ago
    Thank you so much. That was cool.
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    rachel · 5 years ago
    Best excel explanation ive come across - thanks!