Column Chart with Below Target Columns Auto Highlighted

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Chart Type
Column Chart
Use For
You can customize this Column Chart for any report where you need to;

compare actual performance against target / budget and automatically highlight below target / budget categories.

Key Features

This template is conditionally formatted to automatically identify category values below specified budget / target / threshold and highlight the columns as well as X-axis labels in different color to draw attention to under performing categories.

  • Pre-built data setup with comments, so that you don’t have to spend time figuring out how to setup data correctly.
  • Uncluttered charts with professional formatting and styles that automatically adopt to your data, so that you don’t have to find, learn and fine tune tens of hidden settings.
  • Out-of-box single/dual axis charts for numeric, percentage and currency data, with pre-placed data labels, legends and offbeat markers for engaging presentations.
  • Fully functional data chart with real world data.


The dynamic column chart (vertical bar graph) PowerPoint template in above example compares actual monthly sales of an organization against set target/budget/threshold.

The dynamic columns color distinction based on data values helps in highlighting and differentiating the under performers from the rest, at a glance. It instantly draws audiences’ attention without a need to compare the heights of columns. This helps in decreasing the cognitive load and process the data faster.

Chart Data

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 target / budget / threshold value in row 2.
  3. Enter categories in column A (plotted on X-axis) and corresponding data in column B (plotted on Y-axis).
  4. Close the Excel sheet.
  5. Columns corresponding to categories where the actual values are below target / budget / forecast, are automatically identified and highlighted in a different color.
  6. X-axis labels are highlighted in red color for below target categories.
  7. You can specify your own budget / forecast / target value in the data set up.
  8. The data can be numeric, percentages or currency values.
  9. The default color for columns that meet or surpass targets is gray and for below budget values is a shade of red. You can easily change the colors.

Video Demo

The following video shows how you can easily edit data and customize the PowerPoint chart template in minutes, for any report or data analysis presentation, irrespective of industry or job function.


Modern 16:9 aspect ratio. You can easily change to 4:3 aspect ratio, or resize to any dimension.
100% editable and fully customizable. You can edit data, change text and fonts, apply your custom brand colors. Basically, you can edit and  customize every chart element.
File Format:

PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2010 and above.

Instant access and download. Can be saved as PDF, PNG, JPG to insert in MS Word or in other documents or to use on websites and blogs.
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