April 30, 2021

How to Create a Column Chart in Google Sheets

Google Sheet spreadsheet
SECTIONS
  1. How to create a column chart
  2. How to create a stacked column chart
  3. How to create a 100% stacked column chart
  4. A sample sheet to check

Google Sheets offers three types of column charts: the simple column chart, the stacked column chart, and the 100% stacked column chart. This tutorial is a straightforward guide to inserting a column chart in Google Sheets with some notes on the type of data that it requires you to have.

How to create a column chart

Here are the steps in creating a column chart from an existing dataset in Google Sheets:

Step 1: Select the range of data that you want to visualize.

The dataset to be visualized, selected
The dataset to be visualized, selected


Step 2: Click Insert, then click Chart.

Insert option selected on the main menu, drop down box, Chart highlighted
Insert option selected on the main menu, drop down box, Chart highlighted


Step 3: The selected chart type is not a column chart by default. On the right side, the Chart editor sidebar is loaded. Click the drop-down box below Chart type. A list of possible chart types will be loaded. Look for the Column chart, and click it.

Chart editor, Setup tab, Chart type, Column chart selected

Step 4: We now have a column chart. To add a title to the chart, go to the Customize tab in the Chart editor, then click Chart axis & titles

Chart editor, Customize tab. Chart & axis titles option highlighted.
Chart editor, Customize tab. Chart & axis titles option highlighted.


Step 5: If you want to add a chart title, make sure that the drop-down box displays the option Chart title. On the text box below the drop-down box, type the title of the chart.

Chart & axis titles option. Chart title selected. Title text: Annual Sales 2020.
Chart & axis titles option. Chart title selected. Title text: Annual Sales 2020.


Step 6: Here are some options for modifying the title of the chart:

  • To change the font of the title, click the drop-down box below the label Title font. There are 12 fonts to choose from, such as Arial, Georgia, and Verdana. 
  • To change the size of the title, click the drop-down box below the label Title font size. You can select from size 10 to 36. You can also specify a value beyond the given options. Lastly, you can choose Auto to let Google Sheets adjust the font size fit for the given chart.
  • To center align the title, go to Title format and click the Alignment option. Click the Center option. 

We now have the following chart!

Column chart with title and axis labels
Column chart with title and axis labels


Click here to learn how to add the title or axis labels, as well as how to change the colors.

How to create a stacked column chart

Unlike a typical column chart which we had in the previous section, a stacked column chart also visualizes the components of a certain quantity, thus adding another dimension to your column chart. This means that the dataset should have multiple columns. 

Before you follow the steps, make sure that your data also contains the breakdown of the values of the components.

Step 1: Select the range of data that you want to visualize.

The dataset to be visualized, selected
The dataset to be visualized, selected


Step 2: Click Insert, then click Chart.

Insert option selected on the main menu, drop down box, Chart highlighted
Insert option selected on the main menu, drop down box, Chart highlighted


Step 3: The selected chart type is not a column chart by default. On the right side, the Chart editor sidebar is loaded. Click the drop-down box below Chart type. A list of possible chart types will be loaded. Look for Stacked column chart and click it.

Chart editor, Setup tab, Chart type, Stacked column chart selected
Chart editor, Setup tab, Chart type, Stacked column chart selected


Step 4: We now have a column chart. To add a title to the chart, go to the Customize tab in the Chart editor and click Chart axis & titles

Chart editor, Customize tab. Chart & axis titles option highlighted.
Chart editor, Customize tab. Chart & axis titles option highlighted.


Step 5. If you want to add a chart title, make sure that the drop-down box displays the option Chart title. On the text box below the drop-down box, type the title of the chart.

Chart & axis titles option. Chart title selected. Title text: Annual Sales 2016-2020.
Chart & axis titles option. Chart title selected. Title text: Annual Sales 2016-2020.


Step 6. Here are some options for modifying the title of the chart:

  • To change the font of the title, click the drop-down box below the label Title font. There are 12 fonts to choose from such as Arial, Georgia, and Verdana. 
  • To change the size of the title, click the drop-down box below the label Title font size. You can select from a range of 10 to 36. You can also specify a value beyond the given options. Lastly, you can choose Auto to let Google Sheets adjust the font size fit for the given chart.
  • To center align the title, go to Title format and click the Alignment option. Then click the Center option.

We now have the following chart!

Stacked column chart with title and axis labels
Stacked column chart with title and axis labels


Click here to learn how to add the title, axis labels, or change the colors.

How to create a 100% stacked column chart

Sometimes you’re not interested in the total quantity but instead with the differences in the composition of certain quantities, either over time or among different items. For this, a 100% stacked column chart is sufficient. A 100% stacked column chart only differs from a stacked column chart visually: the stacked columns are of the same length. This highlights the differences in the composition of each stacked column.

Step 1: Select the range of data that you want to visualize.

The dataset to be visualized, selected
The dataset to be visualized, selected


Step 2: Click Insert, then click Chart.

Insert option selected on the main menu, drop down box, Chart highlighted
Insert option selected on the main menu, drop down box, Chart highlighted


Step 3: The selected chart type is not a column chart by default. On the right side, the Chart editor sidebar is loaded. Click the drop-down box below Chart type. A list of possible chart types will be loaded. Look for the 100% stacked column chart, and click it.

Chart editor, Setup tab, Chart type, 100% stacked column chart selected
Chart editor, Setup tab, Chart type, 100% stacked column chart selected


Step 4: We now have a column chart. To add a title to the chart, go to the Customize tab in the Chart editor, then click Chart axis & titles.

Chart editor, Customize tab. Chart & axis titles option highlighted.
Chart editor, Customize tab. Chart & axis titles option highlighted.


Step 5. If you want to add a chart title, make sure that the drop-down box displays the option Chart title. On the text box below the drop-down box, type the title of the chart.

Chart & axis titles option. Chart title selected. Title text: Annual Sales 2020.
Chart & axis titles option. Chart title selected. Title text: Annual Sales 2020.


Step 6. Here are some options in modifying the title of the chart:

  • To change the font of the title, click the drop-down box below the label Title font. There are 12 fonts to choose from such as Arial, Georgia, and Verdana. 
  • To change the size of the title, click the drop-down box below the label Title font size. You can select from a range of 10 to 36. You can also specify a value beyond the given options. Lastly, you can choose Auto to let Google Sheets adjust the font size fit for the given chart.
  • To center align the title go to Title format, then click the Alignment option. Click the Center option. 

We now have the following chart!

100% stacked column chart with title and axis labels
100% stacked column chart with title and axis labels


Click here to learn how to add the title, axis labels, or change the colors.

A sample sheet to check

If you got a bit lost, or just want to check if you are doing it right, here is a sample sheet that you can open to see how they work:

Column Chart Sample Sheet

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