Often you may want to create a stacked bar chart in Excel with subcategories.
This tutorial provides a step-by-step example of how to create the following stacked bar chart with subcategories:
Let’s jump in!
Step 1: Enter the Data
First, let’s create the following dataset that shows the total sales of four different products at three different locations for some store:
Step 2: Insert the Stacked Bar Chart
Next, highlight the cell range A1:E4 and then click the Insert tab along the top ribbon, then click the icon titled Stacked Bar within the Charts group:
The following stacked bar chart will appear:
Step 3: Switch Rows and Columns
Next, right click anywhere on the chart and click Select Data from the dropdown menu:
In the new window that appears, click the button called Switch Row/Columns and click OK:
The stores will now be displayed along the y-axis and the individual products will be shown as subcategories within the bars:
Step 4: Customize the Chart (Optional)
Feel free to add a title, customize the colors, and adjust the width of the bars to make the plot more aesthetically pleasing:
The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel: