How to Add a Vertical Line to a Horizontal Bar Chart

Calculating the Average Value

We want to add an average value line to the chart, so we need to build a new series. In an empty space on the spreadsheet, add values for 0 (zero) and 1. To the right, calculate the average of all the sales figures. In the example, the calculation will be as follows:


See the image below for reference:

Average Value Calculation

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23 thoughts on “How to Add a Vertical Line to a Horizontal Bar Chart

    1. Hi Bilo!

      The article is broken up into steps to make it easier to follow (it’s very long otherwise!). Please click on the link to page 2 at the bottom or go to step 2 in the Quick Navigation box at the top to get to the next step in the process!

  1. Bilo:

    No, it’s not just you. At the top of the page in the “Quick Navigation Box” there are links to several pages. The first, “1. Building a Basic Horizontal Bar Chart” shows how to create a chart. In order to add a horizontal line, you need to go through all of the links, from 1 to 5.

  2. hi, currently, i’m using your method to have 2 lines to have a “selected area”. do you know if its possible to do a box instead of 2 lines? thank you

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