A stacked column chart is a basic Excel chart type to allow part-to-whole comparisons over time, or across categories. In a stacked column chart, data series are stacked one on top of the other in vertical columns.
Stacked column charts can show change over time because it's easy to compare total column lengths. However, except for the first series of data (next to the x-axis) and total bar length, it's difficult to compare the relative size of the components that make up each bar. As categories or data series are added, stacked column charts quickly become complicated.
Multiple categories and data series in compact space
Can show change over time
Difficult to compare all but first series
Become visually complex as categories or series are added
This chart shows quarterly sales, broken down by quarter into four regions that are stacked, one on top of the other. Stacked column charts can work well when the number of data series and categories is limited. This...