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Quickly create a stacked variance column or bar chart in Excel

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2021-07-05

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In this article, I will talk about a type of chart which can help to show the changes between two sets of data as below screenshot shown. In this chart, the up green arrow and down red arrow indicate whether the two sets of data are growing or falling. To create this type of chart, Kutools for Excel’s Stacked Difference Chart feature can help you to create a stacked variance column or bar chart as you need.

Quickly create a stacked variance column or bar chart in Excel

Quickly create a stacked variance column or bar chart in Excel

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do with the following steps:

1. Click Kutools > Charts > Difference Comparison > Stacked Difference Chart, see screenshot:

2. In the Stacked Difference Chart dialog box, please do the following operations:

(1.) Select the chart type that you want to create, you can choose Column chart or Bar chart as you need;

(2.) Specify a color for your chart from the Chart color drop down list;

(3.) Select the axis label, the first data series, the second data series separately from the Select data section.

3. After finishing the settings, please click OK button, and you will get the stacked variance column or bar chart as below screenshots shown:

Stacked variance column chart
Stacked variance bar chart


1. When applying this feature to create stacked difference chart, a prompt box will pop out to remind you that a hidden sheet (named Kutools_Chart) will be created as well to store the intermediate data, please don’t delete this hidden sheet, otherwise, the chart will be displayed incorrectly.

2. Click the Example button in Stacked Difference Chart dialog to generate a new workbook with the sample data and sample stacked difference chart.

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The arrows appear to generated from a fill picture. Which means the colors are static. Is there any way to change the colors, or provide the location of the source file for the fill picture (I searched and couldn't find it)? I ask for two reasons. Your green is different between the Threshold Value Area, Difference Area, and Stacked Difference. Why not make all the same consistent green color like you've done with the red? I'd like to do that myself, to align better with
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