Creating a gauge chart

This chart resembles a speedometer gauge and displays a value between 0 and 100%.

This example shows a pie chart set up to resemble a gauge. Although this chart displays a single value (entered in cell B15), it actually uses three data points (in C12:C14).

Cell B15 contains a formula that calculates the percent of goal:

=B13/B12

As you enter new data in column B, the formulas display the current results.

The gauge Chart in Excel 2003

Cell C12 consists of 50%, and that slice is hidden.

The other two slices are apportioned based on the value in cell B15. The formula in cell C13 is

=MIN(C15,100%)/2

This formula uses the MIN function to display the smaller of two values: either the value in cell C15 or 100%. It then divides this value by 2 because I'm only dealing with the visible half of the pie chart. Using the MIN function prevents the chart from displaying more than 100%.

The formula in cell C13, shown below, simply calculate the remaining part of the pie:

=50%-C12

To create the chart like this one, do the following:

    1.    Select cells C12:C14, click the Chart Wizard button, and create a pie chart.

    2.    In the Step 3 of the Chart Wizard remove the legend in the Legend tab.

    3.    Double-click slices to display the Format Data Series dialog box. Then select the Options tab, and change the Angle of first slice setting.

Options in Excel 2003

    4.    Double-click the slice 50% to change the slice's Area and Border:

50% in Excel 2003

You can then make any other adjustments to get the look you desire.

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