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How to create thermometer goal chart in Excel?

Have you ever imaged to create a thermometer goal chart in Excel? This tutorial will show you the detailed steps of creating a thermometer goal chart in Excel.

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For example, you have below data needed to create a thermometer goal chart, and do as below steps.

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1. Select the data, and click Insert > Column > 100% Stacked Column. See screenshot:

Tip: You can also select Stacked Column as your need.

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2. Click Design > Switch Row/Column. See screenshot:

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3. Select the legends in the chart, press Delete key to remove them.

Note: In Excel 2013 the legends are not added by default, so you can just skip this step.

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4. Right click at the Whole project series (the red one), then select Format Data Series from context menu.

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5. In the popped out dialog/pane, do below operations:

(1) Click Series Options section, and drag the arrow point under Gap Width to left until 0%.

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(2) Click Fill section, and check No fill;

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(3) Click Border Color section, check Solid line, and select the color you like in the Color drop down list.

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(4) Click Border Styles section, and type 2pt into the Width text box.

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In Excel 2013’s Format Data Series pane,

(1) Click the Series Options tab, and type 0% in the Gap Width text box;

(2)Click the Fill & Line tab, check No Fill option in Fill section; next in the Border section check the Solid line option, specify a border color with clicking the Color button and enter 2pt in the Width text box.

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6. Close the dialog, now remove the horizontal axis, then click Layout > Gridlines > Primary Horizontal Gridlines > None. See screenshot:

In Excel 2013, click Design > Add Chart Element > Gridlines > Primary Major Horizontal.

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7. Now you can see the top border color is green, click on the border, and click Format > Shape Outline to select the color as you need. See screenshot:

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8. Now resize the chart area as your need.

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9. Click Insert > Shapes, and select the Oval shape, then draw the oval to overlap the chart, see screenshot:

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10. Click at Format > Shape Outline, then select the color to meet your chart color. See screenshot:

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Now a thermometer goal chart is created.

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