Creating a gauge chart
This example shows a pie chart set up to resemble a gauge. Although this chart displays a single value (entered in cell C16), it actually uses three data points (in D13:D15). Cell C16 contains a formula that calculates the percent of goal:
As you enter new data in column C, the formulas display the current results:
Cell C12 consists of 50%, and that slice is hidden.
The other two slices are apportioned based on the value in cell C16. The formula in cell D14 is
This formula uses the MIN function to display the smaller of two values: either the value in cell C16 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 D15, shown below, simply calculate the remaining part of the pie:
To create the chart like this one, do the following:
1. Select cells D13:D15 and create a pie chart.
2. Remove the legend.
3. Open Format Data Series:
In the Series Options tab, change the Angle of first slice setting:
4. Open Format Data Point for the slice 50%:
- On the Fill section, select No fill.
- On the Border section, select No Line:
You can then make any other adjustments to get the look you desire.