How to Show Percentages in Stacked Bar and Column Charts

Adding Percentages Manually

It is possible to manually enter the percentages into the stacked chart. This process is slow (you have to do each cell individually), but if you only have a small data set, it might be faster than installing an add-in.

To add the percentage from the table to the chart, do the following in order:

  1. Click on the data label for the first bar of the first year.
  2. Click in the Formula Bar of the spreadsheet.
  3. Click on the cell that holds the percentage data.
  4. Click ENTER.

Set Data Label Source

You will have to repeat this process for each bar segment of the stacked chart to add the percentages.

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18 thoughts on “How to Show Percentages in Stacked Bar and Column Charts

  1. fun little tip I came up with after using your great instructions:

    You can add in the item and Percentage simply by using a Text() function.

    Refer to both the Item cell and % cell
    =Text(,”0%”)&”, “&

    you then point to this string, and your chart will show both percent and item.

    1. Can you explain your tip a little more? I am trying to apply it to my work but I am having difficulty. It sounds like it is just what I need. Thanks!

  2. Does anyone know how to get a graphic symbol in the same cell with a percentage ? I really like it, but I can’t figure out how to do this.

    Thanks for your help.


    1. This is done with Conditional Formatting – usually located on your “Home” tab on your menu ribbon:

      1 – Select the range of cells you want to have this style of formatting.
      2 – Click “New Rule” from the Conditional Formatting dropdown menu.
      3 – Select “Format All Cells Based On Their Value” in the upper part of the window.
      4 – Select “Format Style – Icon Sets” in the lower part of the window.
      5 – Select the appropriate “Icon Style” from the dropdown menu.
      6 – Adjust the parameters so that the appropriate Value or Percentage will display the appropriate Icon.
      7 – OK!

  3. I’ve noticed an issue with the stacked percentage bar chart not adding up to 100% within Excel. Even in your illustration, year 2012 adds up only to 99%. Does anyone have a fix for this or does it require intensive quality control each time one of these is generated?

  4. As i have couple of data where in as per the stock is the chart is ready but unable to show the percentage with the stock please help

  5. Your solution for adding percentages manually is EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR! It’s the best of all the cumbersome workarounds! Excel should just fix this dated and silly issue.

  6. You are double counting your data. You don’t need to include “Totals” in your data selection. The graph looks like your company sold 3M+ units, when in reality it’s half that.

  7. Thank you so much!!! I’ve been looking for this for days and once I found it I immediately practiced your tips. Turned out very great. Thank you again!!

  8. Hi, Hertriani.

    Sorry I am new to all of this and I am having a little trouble following.

    Which instructions did you use to create that graph that gives you a percentage stacked bar as well as a number.

    In the hotel world I would like to have a percentage occupancy showing while having the average rate paid labeled above it. In the end it should look like what you created.



    1. hi Bryan, apologize for the delayed response cos I was not aware of your question until I got a notification email earlier today. I followed the instructions in this article, and made minor modification on the label setting. But basically it’s everything that is mentioned in this article. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you want to discuss this.

  9. Can someone help me on this… I got to the last step but when I click on the data label there is already a formula in the formula bar since the chart is obviously referencing cells. If I delete what is in there and then select the desired percentage cell, nothing happens. If I leave the formula in there and try to add the percentage cell before it, the chart turns into a mess.

    Any help would be great

  10. Very good. Thanks a lot.

    I did a little vba code wich helps as well.
    You just need to prepare the graph regularly (do not concerne about percentage)… when you get done, apply the code.

    Sub GrafValor_LabelPercent()

    Dim volMGDia(1000) As Double, c As Integer, x As Integer, vPerc As Double, n As Integer, vLabel As Double

    For n = 0 To 1000
    volMGDia(n) = Empty
    Next n

    ActiveChart.SetElement (msoElementDataLabelNone)
    ActiveChart.SetElement (msoElementDataLabelCenter)

    For c = 1 To ActiveChart.SeriesCollection.Count
    If LCase(ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).Name) “total” Then
    For x = 1 To ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).Points.Count
    volMGDia(x) = volMGDia(x) + Val(Format(ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).Points(x).DataLabel.Text, “0”))
    Next x
    End If
    Next c

    For c = 1 To ActiveChart.SeriesCollection.Count
    If LCase(ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).Name) “total” Then
    For x = 1 To ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).Points.Count
    vLabel = Val(Format(ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).Points(x).DataLabel.Text, “0”))
    If volMGDia(x) > 0 Then
    vPerc = vLabel / volMGDia(x)
    vPerc = 0
    End If
    ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).Points(x).DataLabel.Font.Size = 12
    If vPerc > 0 Then
    ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).Points(x).DataLabel.Text = Format(vPerc, “0%”)
    End If
    Next x
    ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).DataLabels.Position = xlLabelPositionAbove
    ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).DataLabels.Format.TextFrame2.TextRange.Font.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(0, 112, 192)
    ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(c).DataLabels.Format.TextFrame2.TextRange.Font.Bold = msoTrue
    End If
    Next c

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