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How to show percentages in stacked column chart in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-10-13

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.

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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.


Easily create a stacked column chart with percentage with an amazing tool

The above method is multi-steps and not easy to handle. Here recommend the Stacked Chart with Percentage utility of Kutools for Excel. With this tool, you can easily create a stacked chart with percentage with only several clicks in Excel.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Click Kutools > Charts > Category ComparisonStacked Chart with percentage to enable the feature.

2. In the popping up Stacked column chart with percentage dialog box, please configure as follows.

  • In the Data range box, select the data series you will create stacked column chart based on;
  • In the Axis Labels box, specify the range of axis values;
  • In the Legend Entries (Series) box, specify the range of legend entries;
  • Click the OK button. See screenshot:

3. Then a Kutools for Excel dialog box pops up, please click the Yes button.

Now the stacked chart is created as the below screeshot shown.

For more details about this feature, please visit here...

  If you want to have a free trial (30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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Thank you, it is very useful.
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Thank you, very clear and helpful.
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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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But , if I want to make both Value & Percentage in one Chart what is the option ?
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Got it mention those value in the Cells which is mentioned in the link
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Point 7 makes absolutely no sense
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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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But then the y axis would not be correct though ?
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