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How to add and remove error bars in Excel?

Error Bar is a flexible chart tools to represent of data variability, and indicate difference between the reported value and true value. And here we will show you the tutorial to add and remove error bars for charts in Excel.


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arrow blue right bubbleAdd Error Bar for selected chart

Step 1: Click the chart that you want to add error bar, then it will active the Chart Tools in Ribbon.

Step 2: Click the Layout >> Analysis >> Error Bar.

Step 3: Select one of three items in the drop down list to add error bar for the selected chart:


Error Bar with Standard Error: show error bars for the selected chart series using Standard Error.

  • Error Bars with Percentage: show error bars for the selected chart series with 5% value.
  • Error Bars with Standard Deviation: show error bars for the selected chart series with 1 standard deviation.

arrow blue right bubbleCustom the Error Bar Option

In addition, users are allowed to format error bars. Click the More Error Bars Options item from the drop down list, and you can configure the custom options of error bar easily. See the following screen shot:

In the Display section, you can specify the direction and end style of error bar. And in the Error Amount section, you can specify the custom settings:

  • Click the Custom: option.
  • Click the Specify Value button.
  • Now you get into the Custom Error Bars dialog box, specify the positive/Negative error value according to your needs.
  • Click OK to save the settings.


arrow blue right bubbleRemove Error Bar for selected chart

Just select the None item in the drop down list of Error bar, you can remove the Error bars for the selected chart as soon as possible.

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    Vijay · 5 years ago
    Where the heck the horizontal error bars if I have custon columns for both horizontal and vertical error bars? Life was so much eaasier with Office 2003. The office 2007 complicated everything.
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    cap · 5 years ago
    Thank you, very useful