Microsoft Office – labels for stacked column totals

If you create a stacked column chart it is easy enough to show data labels for the individual parts of the stacked column but not so obvious how to create a label just showing the column total.

To do so, when you create the chart also include the Total figure – admittedly this skews the chart to begin with and doesn’t look right, but we need this in there to start with.


Create a stacked column chart from the information.


Now select the total segments by clicking on them, then on the Chart Tools Design tab, click Change Chart Type. If you are using Office 2013 or Office 2016, go to Combo and change the chart type for Total to being a line.


If you are using an earlier version, select Line.

Click OK.

Click on the line to select it, then right-click and click Add Data Labels. Total labels will be shown. If you don’t want to see the line, right-click, then from Outline dropdown, select No Outline.


You may need to move the totals slightly but it does work.

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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