Occasionally you may want to add a target line to a graph in Excel to represent some target or goal.

This tutorial provides a step-by-step example of how to quickly add a target line to a graph in Excel.

**Step 1: Create the Data**

First, let’s create the following dataset that shows the total sales made by some company during various years:

**Step 2: Add the Target Value**

Now suppose that our target value for sales each year is **600**.

To add this target line to a chart, we need to first create a target column that contains the value **600** in each row:

**Step 3: Create the Graph with Target Value**

Next, highlight the cells in the range **B2:C10**, then click the **Insert** tab, then click the icon called **Recommended Charts** within the **Charts** group.

In the new window that appears, click the tab called **All Charts** near the top and then click **Combo**:

Once you click **OK**, a bar graph with a target value will appear:

The blue bars represent the sales values for each year and the orange line represents the target sales value of 600 for each year.

**Step 4: Customize the Graph (Optional)**

Lastly, feel free to modify the colors, the style of the target line, and the axis labels to make the graph more aesthetically pleasing:

The graph is now complete.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel:

How to Add Average Line to Bar Chart in Excel

How to Add a Horizontal Line to a Scatterplot in Excel

How to Add a Vertical Line to Charts in Excel