Creating a gauge chart

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This chart resembles a speedometer gauge and displays a value between 0 and 100%.
The gauge Chart in Excel 365

This example shows a pie chart set up to resemble a gauge. Although this chart displays a single value (entered in cell C14), it actually uses three data points (in D11:D13). Cell C14 contains a formula that calculates the percent of goal:

= C12 / C11

As you enter new data in column C, the formulas display the current results:

The gauge Chart in Excel 365

Cell D11 consists of 50%, and that slice is hidden.

The other two slices are apportioned based on the value in cell C14. The formula in cell D12 is

= MIN (C14, 100%) / 2.

This formula uses the MIN function to display the smaller of two values: either the value in cell C14 or 100%. It then divides this value by 2 because it 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 D13, shown below, simply calculate the remaining part of the pie: = D11 - D12

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

   1.   Select the cells with your data (for this example, D11:D13).

   2.   On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, click the Insert Pie or Doughnut Chart button:

Pie Chart in Excel 365

In the Insert Pie or Doughnut Chart dropdown list, choose the Pie Pie chart in Excel 365 chart.

   3.   Remove the legend.

   4.   Right-click in the data series and choose Format Data Series... in the popup menu:

Format data series in popup menu Excel 365

   5.   On the Format Data Series pane, in the Series Options tab, change the Angle of first slice setting:

Series Options in Excel 365

   6.   Right-click in the data point you want to hide (in this example, the slice of 50%) and choose Format Data Point... in the popup menu.

   7.   On the Format Data Point pane:

  • On the Fill section, select No fill,
  • On the Border section, select No Line:
Series Options in Excel 365

You can then make any other adjustments to get the look you desire. See also How to create dependent on a volume chart title.

See also this tip in French: Comment créer un graphique en jauge simple.

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