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How to add up/down bars to line chart in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2014-09-28

A chart with up or down bars can obviously help you view the comparison of a company’s investment and earning in the same period. Now I will teach you to insert add up and down bars into a chart in Excel.

Add up/down bars to chart in Excel

arrow blue right bubble Add up/down bars to chart in Excel

Only in 2-D line chart can add up and down bars.

1. Click the line chart to show the Chart Tools group in the Ribbon. See screenshot:


2. Click Layout tab, and click Up/Down Bars > Up/Down Bars. See screenshot:


Note: In Excel 2013, you need to click the Add Chart Element > Up/Down Bars > Up/Down Bars under the Design tab. Now the up and down bars are inserted in the line chart.


You can format the bars as you need by doing as follow step:

Right click the down or up bars and select Format Down Bars/ Format Up Bars;

In the popped out dialog, check Solid fill Option in Fill section and select a color you like in the list, and check No line in the Border Color section. See screenshots:


Note: You will see the Fill options and Border options in the added Format Down Bars pane in Excel 2013.

Now you can see the finished line chart as show as below:


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