Waterfall chart is just a few clicks away with #Excel 2016

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Did you know, you can plot a Waterfall chart in #Excel in less than a minute…Provided that you are using Excel 2016 or later! 🙂

No Kidding! You may download a Sample File to follow along.

A) Data layout

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Note: The ending value should be computed with a simple SUM function.

B) Plot the chart

  1. Select the range of data
  2. Go to Insert tab
  3. Click Recommended Charts
  4. Go to the All Charts tab
  5. Select Waterfall
  6. OK

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You should get the following waterfall chart.

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Yes. You are right, the ending column should not be like that…

No worries.  All you need is just a few more clicks.

C) Setting the total column

Again, a picture tells a thousand words…

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Note: The first click on the column will select all columns.  You have to click again to select a single column, followed by right-click on it to open the menu.

D) Optional, let’s do some makeup (formatting)

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Here you go!

Bonus – How about when I have subtotal?

You won’t believe how easy it is.  Watch this:

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As simple as this. 😀

You may watch it in action in my YouTube channel too:



About MF

An Excel nerd who just transition into a role related to data analytics at current company......😊 Recently in love with Power Query and Power BI.😍 Keep learning new Excel and Power BI stuffs and be amazed by all the new discoveries.
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