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How to show percentages in stacked column chart in Excel?

With a stacked column chart, you can view the total and partial numbers obviously, but in some cases, you may want to show the partial numbers as percentages as below screenshot shown. Now you can read the below steps to add percentages in stacked column chart in Excel.


Add percentages in stacked column chart
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Add percentages in stacked column chart

1. Select data range you need and click Insert > Column > Stacked Column. See screenshot:

2. Click at the column and then click Design > Switch Row/Column.

3. In Excel 2007,  click Layout > Data Labels > Center

In Excel 2013 or the new version, click Design > Add Chart Element > Data Labels > Center.

4. Then go to a blank range and type cell contents as below screenshot shown:

5. Then in cell next to the column you type this =B2/B$6 (B2 is the cell value you want to show as percentage, B$6 is the total value), and drag the fill handle to the range you need. See screenshots:

6. Select the decimal number cells, and then click Home > % to change the decimal numbers to percentage format.

7. Then go to the stacked column, and select the label you want to show as percentage, then type = in the formula bar and select percentage cell, and press Enter key.

8. Now you only can change the data labels one by one, then you can see the stacked column shown as below:

You can format the chart as you need. Here I don’t fill the Total series and change the total labels as Inside Base in Format Data Series dialog/pane and Format Data label dialog/pane.

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    M · 1 years ago
    How do you do this bit? You can format the chart as you need. Here I don’t fill the Total series and change the total labels as Inside Base in Format Data Series dialog/pane and Format Data label dialog/pane.
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    Rijaz · 1 years ago
    But , if I want to make both Value & Percentage in one Chart what is the option ?
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      Rijaz · 1 years ago
      Got it mention those value in the Cells which is mentioned in the link
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    Matt · 2 years ago
    Point 7 makes absolutely no sense
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    Dave · 2 years ago
    After you build the table with percentages as values (instead of nubers), it is WAY more time effective to simply select that table and create a new stacked chart versus changing every data label one at a time with "=colrow". (Or if the chart is already formatted, then simply change the data selection to the table with the percentages)
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      DW · 2 years ago
      But then the y axis would not be correct though ?