How to create a Stacked Bar Chart in Google Sheets

Hey guys! Today, we're going to talk about one of my favorite topics - data visualization. More specifically, we're going to focus on creating a stacked bar chart in Google Sheets. I know, I know - it might not sound like the most exciting topic, but trust me, once you see how colorful and informative your chart can look, you'll be hooked.

Step 1: Inputting your data into Sheets

The first step in creating a chart is to have data to work with. For the purpose of this tutorial, let's say we have a spreadsheet that tracks the performance of our marketing channels - email, social media, and paid advertising. Our data is organized by month, with columns for clicks, conversions, and cost per click.

Once you have your data inputted into Sheets, select the range of cells you want to use for your chart. In our case, let's select the clicks, conversions, and cost per click columns for each of our channels, as well as the corresponding month.

Step 2: Creating your chart

Once you have your data selected, click on the "Insert" tab in the top menu, and select "Chart".

A pop-up window will appear, giving you several chart type options to choose from. In this case, we want to select "Stacked bar chart".

Once you've selected your chart type, you'll see a preview of what your chart will look like with your current data. You can customize your chart by clicking on the "Customize" tab, where you can adjust the color scheme, font, and other styling options.

Step 3: Customizing your chart

One of the best things about Google Sheets is how easy it is to customize your charts. From the "Customize" tab, you can adjust every aspect of your chart's appearance and layout. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Choose colors that are easy to distinguish: When you have multiple bars stacked on top of each other, it's important that each one is a different color so viewers can easily differentiate between them.
  • Add a title and axis labels: You want to make sure viewers know what they're looking at, so be sure to add a clear title and axis labels to your chart.
  • Experiment with gridlines: Gridlines can be a helpful visual aid for viewers to compare different sections of your chart.

Step 4: Adding your chart to your document

Once you've customized your chart to your liking, click "Insert" to add it to your document. From here, you can resize the chart and move it around to fit your document layout.

And that's it! With just a few clicks, you've created a colorful and informative stacked bar chart in Google Sheets. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can do with Sheets, so be sure to experiment and see what kind of charts and graphs you can create.


Thanks for taking the time to read this tutorial. I hope you learned something new and exciting about data visualization in Google Sheets. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, so a well-crafted chart can really help you get your point across to your audience. Happy chart-making!

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