How to Make an Area Chart in Excel

Area Charts are Line Graphs Filled with Colors Below the Lines

Area charts can display each data set separately, like looking at several mountain ranges in the distance, or they can be stacked on top of each other to show the contribution of each data set to the whole.

Area Chart

Each Data Set Is Shown Separately
Watch for Data that may be Hidden

area chart created in Excel

Stacked Area Chart

Data is Stacked to Show the
Contribution of Each Set to the Total

stacked area chart in Excel


To Create an Area Chart in Excel

Just select your data, then click on the Insert Tab, then Area. There are various choices of area shapes (2-D, 3-D) and formats (area, stacked or 100% stacked.)

how to make area chart in excel

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