How To Create Speedometer (Gauge) Chart in Excel


A beautiful, and easy to understand chart always make your excel dashboard stand out. Excel Speedometer or Gauge graph is one of the most popular chart types that attract managers. It’s easy to understand. It visualizes achievement or growth rate creatively.

I read many articles about how to create the Speedometer graph in excel, but none of them were explaining it easily. This article focuses on an easy explanation about creating a speedometer graph in excel. So, sit tight, and let’s get started.

And yes, you can download the file below.

Prepare Data for Speedometer Chart

Here, I have to show everyday target achieved in speedometer chart.

1: Speedometer will have markers such as Poor, Average, and Good. We need to prepare as shown below. The first marker is 0 for the starting point. Next is for poor performance which is to 30%. The next marker is for average that is from 31% to 70%. Its value is 40% (70%-30%). The next marker is good that is for >70%. Its value is 30% (70%-40%). The last tag is 100% and it will be invisible in the chart.

The invisible part should be equal to some of the markers. 30+40+30=100.

2: Now select the markers and go to Insert --> charts --> Donut and plot a donut chart.

3: Right on the donut chart and click on the format data series.

  • Go to the series option, and make “angel of the first slice”  270 degrees. This will rotate your chart. You will see that the chart is already started to look like a speedometer. (Optionally, reduce the doughnut hole size.

  • Click on the invisible part (100%). Go to fill and line. Click on 'no fill". Now it looks like a speedometer. If you want, change the color of the markers. Colour poor as red, average, as yellow, and good as green.

4: Now we need the needle that will show how much target is achieved. Prepare this data.

 

The 50% is an achievement point that will be shown on the speedometer or gauge. Of course, it is meant to change. 2% is pointer width. It is for the thickness of the needle in the speedometer. The End is a calculated value that is equal to (200% - (Achieved+width)).

5: Now right-click on the chart, and click select data.

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6: In Legend Entries (Series): click on Add. In the series name: click on pointer. It is optional, you may leave it. In the Series Value, give reference to the data we prepared.

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    • Now you have a chart that looks like this. We don’t want this. We want a speedometer chart. Right Click on the chart, and click on “Change Series Chart Type.

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    • Tick mark the checkbox of the secondary axis for the pointer, and change chart type of pointer as Pie chart from dropdown.

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    • Wait wait. It will look like a speedometer. Just, select the chart. Rotate it 270 degrees as you did before.

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    • Go to fill and, select no fill for each part of pie chart, except needle part. Change needle color using black.
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      We have our speedometer (gauge) chart ready. When you change the data in achieved the needle will move.
    • Now we need to do a little bit of formatting. This needle looks too thin, make 2%.

Add a text box or shape. Click text box, go to the formula bar and click on. Write = and give reference to achievement.

 

Now, whenever the achievement changes needle will move. But you may not want to show this data to the end user. It is better to place this data into the sheet where it is not visible to the end-user. Let's place this data at the Z column.

  • Now link the Achieved cell to a cell where you will make changes. I want to make changes in cell B5. So I give reference of B5 in cell A11.


Your speedometer is ready. You can now formate it to suit you or your organization.


So now you have a gauge chart now to rock your excel dashboard and PowerPoint reports. Hope this was helpful. If you want to learn more creative chart in excel, keep in touch. If you have any other chart ideas, do share them in the comment box below.

image 48Download Speedometer Chart

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