Adding Up/Down Bars to a line chart

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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 available in two locations, along with the Chart Design tab of the ribbon:
  • Add Up/Down Bars to the chart:
    Up/Down Bars in Excel 365
  • Add High-Low Lines to the chart:
    High-Low Lines in Excel 365

There are advantages and disadvantages of using one or another chart element.

To use any of the mentioned elements, create a line chart with two different data series, for example:

Line chart in Excel 365

Add Up/Down Bars to the chart

To add Up/Down Bars to your chart, select the chart and then do one of the following:

  • Click on the Chart Elements button, select the Up/Down Bars list, then choose More Options...:
    Chart Elements - Up/Down Bars in Excel 365
  • On the Chart Design tab, in the Chart Layouts group, click the Add Chart Element dropdown list:
    Add Chart Element button in Excel 365

    In the Add Chart Element dropdown list, choose the Up/Down Bars list, then click Up/Down Bars again or choose More Up/Down Bars Options...:

    Up/Down Bars in Excel 365

Add High-Low Lines to the chart

To add High-Low Lines to your chart, select the chart and then on the Chart Design tab, in the Chart Layouts group, click the Add Chart Element dropdown list, then choose Lines list:

Add Lines in Excel 365

In the Lines drop-down list, select High-Low Lines.


Format Up/Down Bars

Excel offers several ways to modify Up/Down Bars:

  • Filling color and its transparency,
  • Border color, its transparency, width, and style:
Formatted Up/Down Bars in Excel 365

Unfortunately, you can't change the bar width.

To format Up/Down Bars, do the following:

   1.   Right-click on the Up Bars or Down Bars, then select Format Up Bars... or Format Down Bars... in the popup menu:

Format Up or Down Bars in popup menu Excel 365

   2.   On the Format Up Bars or Format Down Bars pane:

  • On the Fill & Line group, select the appropriate options in the Fill and Border sections:
    Format Up or Down Bars pane in Excel 365

    See more about fill and outline options in Microsoft Excel.

  • On the Effects group, choose effects to apply to the bars, such as Shadow, Glow, Soft Edges, or 3-D Format:
Effects for Up/Down Bars in Excel 365

Format High-Low Lines

You can modify High-Low Lines as a regular line:

  • Filling color and its transparency,
  • Customize line width and style, and add the arrows or points to the beginning or end of the line:
Formatted High-Low Lines in Excel 365

Unfortunately, you can't change the high and low lines separately.

To format High-Low Lines, do the following:

   3.   Right-click on the High-Low Lines, then select Format High-Low Lines... in the popup menu:

Format High-Low Lines in popup menu Excel 365

   4.   On the Format High-Low Lines pane:

  • On the Fill & Line group, the appropriate options in the Line sections:
    Format High-Low Lines pane in Excel 365
  • On the Effects group, choose effects to apply to the bars, such as Shadow, Glow, or Soft Edges:
    Format High-Low Lines effects in Excel 365

For example:

Effects for High-Low Lines in Excel 365

Delete Up/Down Bars

To remove the Up/Down Bars from the chart, do one of the following:

  • Click on the Chart Elements button, and unselect the Up/Down Bars checkbox:
    Remove Up/Down Bars in Excel 365

    Be careful! After unselecting that checkbox, you lose all previous customization if you want to add them later.

  • On the Chart Design tab, in the Chart Layouts group, click the Add Chart Element dropdown list. In the Add Chart Element dropdown list, choose the Up/Down Bars list, and click None.
  • Select any of the Up/Down Bars, then click Delete.

Delete High-Low Lines

To remove the High-Low Lines from the chart, do one of the following:

  • On the Chart Design tab, in the Chart Layouts group, click the Add Chart Element drop-down list. In the Add Chart Element drop-down list, choose the Lines list, and click None.
  • Select any of the High-Low Lines, then click Delete.

See also this tip in French: Ajouter de barres Haut / Bas à un graphique en courbes.

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