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CREATE A THERMOMETER CHART IN EXCEL

INTRODUCTION

Have a look at the chart above; fascinating! isn’t it?? (Didn’t like?? Even if you didn’t like it, don’t worry, you’ll make it better . We are teaching how to make any kind of chart as per your imagination )

This is a step by step guide to create a THERMOMETER CHART in Excel. The article contains pictures and  infographics to help you understand easily and correctly

Kindly go through the article if you want to learn how to make this chart and ofcourse you can create your own design too.

 But before trying to create this chart , you must know the basics of chart creation.

If want to know how to create the basic charts. CLICK HERE.

The procedure of creating thermometer chart is almost like the progress chart which we tried last time.

There is no direct provision in MICROSOFT EXCEL for creating a chart which will show the progress.

So here, we’ll try to create a THERMOMETER CHART in EXCEL.

This kind of chart is useful for certain conditions where we want to express the progress of any task visually.

In this article, we’ll learn step by step process of creating a THERMOMETER CHART . 

 

PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO CREATE A THERMOMETER CHART

Although , anybody can create a progress or thermometer chart , but it would be easier if we have a basic knowledge about the process of creating a simple chart first. CLICK HERE to have a look at the simple chart making process.

WHAT IS A THERMOMETER CHART?

A chart which shows the progress of any task is known as a  THERMOMETER CHART or the PROGRESS CHART.

The progress is mostly expressed as a percentage and it resembles the thermometer which has an upper limit and a value starts reaching the highest value slowly, hence the name , thermometer chart.

Suppose there are 1000 people who need to take a survey. Till now, only 100 have taken it.

So, if we want to tell the progress, it’ll be best  shown by a progress chart.

You must be aware of a progress chart or progress bar . Whenever a heavy application loads, it shows a progress bar, which shows the current status and the final level up to which it has to go, is a progress bar. Similarly to PROGRESS BAR CHART which is horizontal , the THERMOMETER CHART is vertical which can be used to show temperature, precipitation  etc. in the beautiful customized chart columns.

The normal charts doesn’t show the highest possible value but only the current value, that’s why we need to use this trick to get it done.

thermometer chart in excel best
THERMOMETER CHART IN EXCEL

STEPS TO CREATE A THERMOMETER CHART

PREPLANNING

We’ll start creating a THERMOMETER chart.

WE’LL CREATE A CHART TO SHOW THE CHANCES OF PRECIPITATION ON A PARTICULAR DAY OF FOUR DIFFERENT CITIES NAMELY 1, 2, 3 AND 4.

Here is the plan to create a THERMOMETER chart.

  •  We’ll use the data as the percentage of chances.
  • For the task 2D cluster chart type of charts are perfect as they represent the different series with the different columns which can be merged.
  • The plan is to overlap the two columns over each other when one column is transparent and other is having a solid color.
  • The control of the value will be given only to the solid color column so that it looks like a mercury in the thermometer.
  •  The graphics can be edited as per choice.

STEP 1: INSERTING A 2D CLUSTER CHART

Let us first understand the case.

We have four cities 1, 2, 3 and 4. The chances of precipitation are given in a table shown below.

CITIESPRECIPITATIONSTANDARD
147%100%
254%100%
390%100%
440%100%
  • Select the columns PRECIPITATION AND STANDARD  and go to INSERT> CHARTS>RECOMMENDED CHARTS.
  • Select ALL CHART TYPES TAB NEXT TO RECOMMENDED CHARTS and select COLUMN and select MULTICOLOR CLUSTERED COLUMN as shown in the picture below.

 

INSERTING CHART
INSERTING A 2D CLUSTER CHART IN EXCEL
  • Select the chart and click ok. The following picture will follow.

Above picture shows the chart selected.

STEP 2:CREATING CUSTOM COLUMNS

After inserting a chart, we have four columns each for the precipitation and corresponding four columns as standards.
The next step is creating four empty columns which will always be there to show the full progress (representing the standard value 100%) and which will be created to be shown as empty in the background with a solid line.
STEPS:
  • Go to INSERT TAB.
  • Go to SHAPES  and insert the shape as shown in the picture.
  • Select RECTANGLE with a rounded edge  and draw a shape looking like the column as shown in the figure below.
  • After drawing this, drag inwards using the controlling circle at the top of the figure drawn.
  • The top of the shape will become absolute circle and it’ll look like a semi circle on top of the rectangle.
  • Right click the figure and different options will open.
  • Choose fill option and choose red color.
  • Again select the figure which we just drew and press CTRL+C to copy the figure.
  • CLICK CTRL+V to paste a copy of the figure.
  • Now we’ll have two columns filled with Red color , but we need one column with solid color and one with outline only.
  • So select one of the two columns and Right click it.
  • Choose the FILL option and choose NO FILL.
  • Again press right click on the same figure and click OUTLINE and choose the outline of the SAME COLOR.
INSERTING SHAPES FOR COLUMN REPLACEMENT
INSERTING SHAPES FOR COLUMN REPLACEMENT

COPYING THE COLUMNS

After creating these two columns,

copy one of the column and paste it six more time so that we have eight column in total.

Now choose the colors as per the design and use the fill options as already told so that we have four columns with solid colors and four with just outlines.

The colors chosen for our example are BLUE, GREEN, RED and YELLOW.

The final picture after copying and treating all the figures something like this will be the situation in our

Excel window.

 

NOTE: The design shown here can be changed as per your choice. You can choose any customized shape to take place of standard columns.

FINAL PICTURES AFTER COLUMNS CREATION
CREATING ALL THE SHAPES TO REPLACE THE COLUMNS

STEP 3: 3D DESIGNING OF COLUMNS SHAPES

*THIS SECTION IS ONLY APPLICABLE IF YOU WANT SOME 3D EFFECT ON THE COLUMNS. YOU CAN SKIP IT IF YOU DON’T NEED ANY CHANGES IN THE LOOK OF THE CHART.
 
This section is optional but as we have seen the first image, there are a few 3D tweaks in the columns.
So let us try those here too.
  • Double click a solid color shape.
  • Choose format tab which will temporarily be visible when you double click the shape.
  • Go to SHAPE EFFECTS.
  • Go to PRESET and choose the one shown in the picture. It calls it PRESET 2.
  • After this , go to BEVEL option under the SHAPE EFFECTS and choose CUTOUT.
  • At last, choose GLOW and choose the glow of the same color.
  • Repeat the process for rest of the columns.
  • Let us check our empty columns now.
  • Select one of the empty column and go to SHAPE EFFECTS and choose glow .
    Choose the color matching the color of the column which will create the effect.
  • Repeat the process for rest of the empty columns.
3D EDITING OF SHAPES IN EXCEL
3D EDITING OF SHAPES

STEP 4: MERGING THE COLUMNS AND DELETING EXTRAS

PUTTING NEWLY MADE COLUMNS IN PLACE

After the columns are ready , let us put them place.
  • Click one of the pictures and press CTRL+C to copy.
  • Now double click one of the column of the chart [kindly take care only the column to be replaced is selected] and click CTRL+V. It’ll replace the column shape with the one we pasted.
  • Repeat the process for all. After total replacement , our chart will look like this.
  • Delete the rest of the figures which are not needed now. The replacement has already been done.
REPLACING COLUMNS WITH CUSTOM FIGURES.

making the solid bars look like water

REFER TO THE PICTURE ABOVE.
 
We want our solid bars to look like water or glass, so we need to set the transparency of columns.
  • Double click the solid bar.
  • FORMAT DATA POINT will open on right side.
  • Go to first option of FILL AND LINE.
  • Go to transparency and select 63%. (you can choose whatever you want).
  • Repeat the process for all the solid columns.

SETTING THE AXIS

Refer to the picture below.

Double click the vertical axis. Again the options on the right side will open.

Go to the Axis options.

Put the minimum value as 0 and maximum value as 1.

Press Enter.

MERGING THE COLUMNS
MERGING THE COLUMNS AND DELETING EXTRAS

MERGING THE BARS

Refer the picture above.
Now our all the columns are ready so let us overlap them.
For that, double click the solid color column. By one click all the columns will be selected.
  • Go to series options.
  • Drag the overlap the series to 100% [positive].
  • It’ll put both the bars on one of each other and it’ll look like the partial filled tumblers.
  • NOW DELETE ALL THE EXTRAS LIKE CHART TITLES, ALL THE AXES MARKERS, BARS BEHIND THE BARS ETC.
  •  Our chart is ready.
  • Let us do a few more tweaks.
 
 

running the progress chart

STEP 5: INSERTING LABELS

putting the label on the graph

The graph should look like the one without any other labels or axis.
Just the columns and nothing else. We just kept the horizontal bars for the recognition of the city as 1,2,3 and 4.
LET US PUT A PERCENTAGE LABEL ON ALL THE COLUMNS.
The following animated picture shows the process. The description is given below.
STEPS:
  • Go to INSERT TAB and choose WORDART of your choice.
  • A text box will appear.
  • Go to the address bar after selecting the text box and type
  • =Address of the cell containing the percentage.
  • In our case it is Sheet1!E7 for the first column. Select the word art box and put in the address bar =Sheet1!E7.
  • Repeat the process for all the four solid color columns.
  • The word art will start showing the percentage of the bar.
  • Drag it to the middle of the bar.
  • Set the size etc. by the HOME TAB FONT controls.
  • Make necessary tweaks using the right side option for modifying the text and picture.
  • Do whatever beautifying techniques you want.
  • Now as soon as we change the Precipitation, the graph changes and shows the chances according to the precipitation chances of that particular city.
INSERTING LABELS TO THERMOMETER CHART
INSERTING LABELS IN THERMOMETER CHART

STEP 4: RUNNING THE CHART

RUNNING THE THERMOMETER CHART
RUNNING THE THERMOMETER CHART
The above shown picture shows the running of the progress chart.
We change the field in PRECIPITATION and corresponding change is seen in the thermometer charts.

Select the CHART LABEL and choose your favorite color , font and size etc. going to home bar and word art choices.
Double Click the solid portion of the column and choose from the available options to decorate your chart as per choice.

OTHER ALTERNATIVES

The thermometer chart is always used in the vertical manner.

But we can use the same process to create a PROGRESS CHART in the same manner.

 

OTHER WAYS TO REACH THIS ARTICLE

  • WHAT IS EXCEL, HOW EXCEL WORKS, WRITE FORMULA IN EXCEL, EXAMPLE OF USING FORMULA IN EXCEL, ANIMATED EXAMLPE OF USING FORMULA IN EXCEL

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