How to Make a Progress Chart in Excel

A progress chart in Microsoft Excel is a visual representation of progress towards a goal or target. It can be used to track the progress of a project, the completion of tasks, or the attainment of a certain target.  In this Excel charting tutorial you will learn how to make a progress chart. Inserting a progress chart has multiple reasons.

Progress data preparation

Let’s layout the data that looks something like this:

Progress chart data table

Note: The green, red and yellow signs you’d see between the values were made by following these steps: home > conditional formatting > icon set > shapes.

Inserting a progress chart

To insert progress chart in Excel do as follows:

Mark the data (1), click insert (2), then click bar chart (3), and finally click on one of the options (4).

insert bar chart

Click add chart element (1), data labels (2), and inside end (3).

data labels inside end

Note: The “Add Chart Element” would be visible, the moment the chart was inserted.

In the end, the chart would look like this:

ready progress chart

Excel provides a variety of options for formatting your chart. You can change the colors, add data labels, adjust the axis labels, and more. To access these options, right-click on your chart and select “Format Chart Area”. From here, you can make changes to the appearance of your chart.

A goal line can be added to your chart to show the target you are trying to reach. To do this, right-click on your chart and select “Format Data Series”. In the “Series Options” section, select “Secondary Axis”. This will create a second y-axis to the right of your chart. Right-click on the new y-axis and select “Format Axis”. Set the minimum value to 0 and the maximum value to your target value. Then, insert a line chart and use the secondary axis to represent your goal line.

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Finally, you can customize your chart to fit your specific needs. For example, you can add a trendline to show the overall trend of your progress data, or you can change the color scheme to match your brand. To make these customizations, use the options available in the “Format Chart Area” or “Format Data Series” menus.

Thanks to these few simple steps you created Progress Chart to your Excel spreadsheet.

Of course you can proceed with further formatting. Many of possibilities you can find on our website.