First of all, this blogpost is about Pie Chart, but not about how to make a Pie Chart. Indeed, I am not going to show the steps of making Pie Chart here. Also I am not intended to discuss whether Pie Chart is good or not to visualize data here. 🙂
One day my brother asked me how to show the data of “Jun” for the below Pie Chart:
As you can see from the above screenshot, the data contains 6 series. My question to him was: “How are you going to plot that into Pie Chart by using Paper and Pencil?”
A flash in my mind is something like this:
Seriously??? How are we supposed to visualize the data?
Joke aside, he just wanted something as simple as below:
BUT with interactivity.
And you know what? His chart was indeed a Pivot Chart. I told him to use a slicer and simply select the month he needed. Very simple.
Nevertheless, that simple request inspired me to create a combination of Stacked (3D) Pies and 2D Pie to cater for his requirement.
So do you want some pies?
- Ingredients: Pie Charts, Option button x 6, INDEX function, Icing sugar (Conditional Formatting), a little time and a little patience.
- Tools: Excel, what else?
- Start with the top-layer Pie: First to create a 3D Pie using Jan data
- Trim all the ugly elements on your pie… e.g Title, legend, border, chart area and plot area (both set to no-fill)…
- Duplicate the Pie using Feb data, make it a bit larger than the 1st Pie
- Repeat above steps with Mar data, then Apr, May, Jun data one by one
- Stack them with patience
Option Button x 6
- Go to Developer Tab –> Insert, Option Button.
Let’s try to make 2 buttons by following screenshots below to get a feel of it first.
(Set Cell link to A1)
(Try and observe)
- Got it?
- Repeat the steps to make 6 option buttons please.
After it is done, please set the cell link to $M$1, where underneath we are going to put the dynamic data to. (Tip: You may make one first, then set the cell link to $M$1, and then copy the Option button and paste 5 times)
The Dynamic data range
- In M2, input
=INDEX(C2:H2, $M$1) 'Copy down to M6
Now you should have your data set up as below:
(Note: The value in M1 depends on which option button is selected… try it out)
The Dynamic 2D Pie
- Simply create a 2D Pie using the data from M2:M6
Tidy up the dish
- Now we have all the key elements. Just make them look pretty
- This should you how it looks like…
Final touch – Putting the icing sugar
- Select the cells in between the 3D pie and the option button
- Set Condition Format based on cell value in $M$1
- Repeat for 2nd to 6th buttons. (Note: change the formula for conditional formatting accordingly).
The final product
Taste good!? I hope you enjoy it.
You may download the sample file to follow through.
Guess if had done this for my brother finally?
No. I didn’t.
Instead I propose the simple stacked column (shown below) to him and he seemed to be happy with that.
Could it be that I’m the first to wonder why don’t you put a link for downloading the file you are working in each ands every tip ?
The present one is a simple table, but I saw some very heavy and complicated tables that could be uploaded by you for the benefit of your followers who want to practice your tips.
This is actually a very good suggestion. I’ve added the sample file to the post. Thanks Micky. Cheers,