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How to create a perfect Gantt chart

Gantt charts illustrate project schedules and, thus, often used by project managers. Project management tools like Microsoft Project are better suited for Gantt charts, but it is easy to create a Gantt chart in Excel following the simple steps.

Creating a rainbow thermometer chart

Creating a thermometer chart, you are not limited to a single color bar. Instead, you can specify different colors for different value intervals. This tip shows you how to create a rainbow thermometer chart. E.g., working on some goal, you can specify risk zones for it: red zone - the risk of the fail is high, yellow zone - success/fail is unknown, green zone - success is not far enough.

Creating a semaphore thermometer chart

Data visualization is a key cognitive tool that enables you to attract more attention to your statements. E.g., you can direct your organization's attention to insufficiently developed goals and praise them for successfully performed goals. This tip shows you how to update thermometer char colors automatically according to the current process status.

Displaying conditional colors in a column chart

To emphasize differences between data in the chart it will be interesting to create a column chart in which the color of each column depends on the value displayed.

Adding Up/Down Bars to a line chart

If you have a line chart with two different data series, you might want to compare those series at each point along the horizontal axis. There are two different options for this, available in two locations, along with the Chart Design tab of the ribbon:

Glossy Gantt chart with a vertical line

If you need to create a simple Gantt chart, see Creating a Gantt chart or Gantt chart with progress. To add events to your Gantt chart, see Progress Gantt chart with events. This tip will help you to extend those charts by a vertical line that shows the current date.

Progress Gantt chart with events

Gantt chart is a pervasive project management tool intended to reveal task management problems. But you can enrich it with additional information like project milestones, presentation dates, and similar events.

How to add a vertical line to the chart

This tip is about how to add a vertical line in your chart. E.g., this will be useful to show data and highlight a current date.

Creating a twin or double thermometer chart

The thermometer chart displays the percentage of a task that's completed. See also how to create a simple thermometer chart, and how to create a glossy thermometer chart. But sometimes it will be more informative to display two results in one chart. This tip is how to create a thermometer chart with two competitive columns.

How to hide points on the chart axis

Sometimes you need to omit some points of the chart axis, e.g., the zero point. This tip will show you how to hide specific points on the chart axis using a custom label format.