Combination Chart Template (Column + Area + Average Line + Percentage Line) for 4 Variables

Use this column, area, percentage line and average line combination chart PowerPoint template to visualize and compare four variables (numeric and percentage) using dual Y-axis in one chart.

In this chart template, average values are derived from absolute numbers using formulas.

Chart Type

Combination Chart (Column + Line + Area)

Chart Function


Use case example: Annual revenue to profit ratio

In the above example;

  1. Revenue (dollar value) generated by an organization in current year are plotted using a column chart.
  2. Revenue (dollar value) generated by an organization in previous year are plotted using an area chart.  
  3. Profit percentage for each month is plotted using a connected line chart with markers.
  4. Average annual revenue (derived from monthly revenue) for the current year is plotted using a line chart.

KPI Target Example: Average monthly revenue > $45,000.


Average Revenue for the Year = (Revenue for Jan + Feb + Mar + ..... + Dec ) / 12

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 categories in column A. They are plotted on X-axis.
  3. Enter variable 1 data in column B. This is plotted on primary Y-axis in form of area chart.
  4. Enter variable 2 data in column C. This is plotted on primary Y-axis in form of column chart.
  5. Average of variable 2 data series is derived from absolute numbers and plotted on primary Y-axis in form of line chart.
  6. Enter variable 3 (percentage) data in column D. This is plotted on secondary Y-axis in form of line chart with data values.
  7. Close the Excel sheet.
  8. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2010 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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