How do I make a Stacked Bar Chart?

Step 1 - Creating a chart

Once you've signed up for your ChartBlocks you'll then be able to create any kind of chart you want, including a stacked bar chart. Follow the steps below to create a stacked bar chart:

When you're at the chart creation page, simply select 'stacked' from the three bar chart options on the left.

Step 2 - Supplying your data

Next you'll be given three options for how you'd like to submit the data for your chart. The first is to enter it manually or copy and paste it. The second option is to use an existing dataset that you might have used for another chart. Lastly, you can import the data from your computer in the form of a excel spreadsheet or CSV file.

Step 3 - Sorting your data

Once you've created or imported the data, you then select which columns will be used for the x axis and y axis.

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Step 4 - Choosing a template

The next step is to choose from one of our many templates for your chart. As you can see at this stage you will be given a standard bar chart as the layout.

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Step 5 - Share or customize

Once your chart is completed, you can then decide what you want to do with it. You can save it and then fully customise it later. You can also share your chart via social media, or embed it into your website.

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Step 6 - Customize

For this chart you will have to use the type option in the side menu change to stacked area chart, as you can see below.

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What kind of data are Stacked Bar Charts good for?

Stacked bar charts are an excellent way to represent multiple types of data within a single bar. For example – let's say you wanted to compare the performance of different employees in a given month. You can set the month on the x axis, the measure of performance in the y axis and then represent each employee within a single stacked bar on the graph. Stacked bar charts are colour coded and give the appearance of each bar being stacked, hence the name.