4 Series Clustered / Grouped Column Chart Template for PowerPoint

Use this 4 series clustered / grouped column chart PowerPoint template to present and compare data of four sub-categories within each main category.

Type

Clustered / Grouped Column Chart

Function

Comparison, Distribution

Use case example: Quarterly revenue from services

The chart in above example compares quarterly revenue generated from services by an organization . With just a glance, we can see that consulting revenue has shown impressive growth in first 3 quarters. Revenue from development services is more or less stagnant in first 3 quarters and rather has decreased in the fourth quarter. On the other hand, revenue from support services has grown consistently in each quarter of the year.  

Four series grouped or clustered Column charts are used to present and compare data of four sub-categories within each main category. In other words, unlike singe series charts, in this chart type, each category has four data series.

The main categories as well as sub-categories are plotted on the X-axis with their corresponding values on Y-axis. However, only the main category labels are shown on X-axis and the sub-category labels are usually shown using a legend.

The sub-categories are grouped together by their main category and placed side-by-side. They are usually separated using different bar colors.

How to use and edit this chart template

To edit this chart template, execute following steps.

  1. Right click on the chart to open chart menu. Click Edit Data. This will open the linked Excel sheet (see video below).
  2. Enter main categories in column A. 
  3. Enter sub-category 1 data in column B.
  4. Enter sub-category 2 data in column C.
  5. Enter sub-category 3 data in column D.
  6. Enter sub-category 4 data in column E.
  7. Close the Excel sheet.
  8. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2003 and above.

Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.

Stephen Few
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