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:


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


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:


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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