Error Bars

 

This example teaches you how to add error bars to a chart in Excel.

1. Select the chart.

2. Click the + button on the right side of the chart, click the arrow next to Error Bars and then click More Options.

Add Error Bars

Notice the shortcuts to quickly display error bars using the Standard Error, a percentage value of 5% or 1 standard deviation.

The Format Error Bars pane appears.

3. Choose a Direction. Click Both.

4. Choose an End Style. Click Cap.

5. Click Fixed value and enter the value 10.

Format Error Bars

Result:

Error Bars in Excel

Note: if you add error bars to a scatter chart, Excel also adds horizontal error bars. In this example, these error bars have been removed. The vertical error bar in period 1 predicts 10 to 30 sold wonka bars, the vertical error bar in period 2 predicts 22 to 42 sold wonka bars, etc.