Count and Percentage in a Column Chart

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This tutorial explains how to create a column chart in which we can show both values and percentages.
Value and Percentage in Same Column Chart

Suppose you are asked to show both frequency and percentage distribution in the same bar or column chart.

Input Data

Input values are stored in range B3:D7 as shown in the image below. Column B contains labels, Column C and D contain count and percentages. 
Input Data
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Steps to show Values and Percentage

1. Select values placed in range B3:C6 and Insert a 2D Clustered Column Chart (Go to Insert Tab >> Column >> 2D Clustered Column Chart). See the image below
Insert 2D Clustered Column Chart
2. In cell E3, type =C3*1.15 and paste the formula down till E6
Insert a formula
3. In cell F3, type the following formula and paste the formula down till F6.
=C3&CHAR(10)&" ("&TEXT(D3,"0%")&")"
Formula to concatenate Value and Percentage

4. Select Chart and click on "Select Data" button. Then click on Add button and Select E3:E6 in Series Values and Keep Series name blank.
Select Data and Add Series
5. In chart, select Second Bar (or Series 2 Bar) and right click on it and select Format Data Series and then check Secondary Axis under Plot Series On box in Series Options tab
Format Data Series
Change from Primary to Secondary Axis

6. Select chart and click on Select Data button and select Series 2 and click on Edit button under Horizontal Axis Labels and then give reference F3:F6 in Axis Label Range.
Change Horizontal Axis Labels
7. Right Click on bar and click on Add Data Labels Button.

8. Right Click on bar and click on Format Data Labels Button and then uncheck Value and Check Category Name.
Format Data Labels

9. Select Bar and make color No Fill ( Go to Format tab >> Under Shape Fill - Select No Fill)

10. Select legends and remove them by pressing Delete key
11. Select Secondary Axis and right click on it and select Format Axis >> Select None in all the 3 drop downs for tick mark and Axis labels (as shown in the image below)
Make Tick Marks and Axis Labels None

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2 Responses to "Count and Percentage in a Column Chart"

  1. Thats a brilliant solution. I have faced this issue a number of times and have had to create 2 charts showing counts and percentages. just one thing though, the multiplication factor (1.15 in this case) might have to be changed as per the data distribution otherwise the labels may appear too high or too low

    1. No. The multiplication factor would remain same as it applies on values rather than percentages. The idea of applying multiplicative factor is to create some space above the bar for labels. Download the workbook and try it once. Do let me know incase you face any issue(s).Thanks!


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