Gantt Chart


Excel does not offer Gantt as chart type, but it's easy to create a Gantt chart by customizing the stacked bar chart type. Below you can find our Gantt chart data.

Gantt Chart Example


To create a Gantt chart, execute the following steps.

1. On the Insert tab, click Bar and select Stacked Bar.

Insert Empty Stacked Bar Chart

2. Right click on the empty chart and click Select Data.

Select Data

3. Click Add and add the two Series (Start Date and Duration).

4. Click Edit under Horizontal (Category) Axis Labels and select the range A4:A11.

Select Data Source

5. Click OK.

Gantt Chart First Result

6. Click the legend on the right side and press Delete.

7. The tasks (Foundation, Walls, etc.) are in reverse order. Right click the tasks on the chart, click Format Axis and check 'Categories in reverse order'.

Categories in Reverse Order

8. Click Close.

Gantt Chart Second Result

9. Right click the red bars, click Format Data Series, Fill, No fill.

Format Data Series

10. Click Close.

Dates and times are stored as numbers in Excel and count the number of days since January 0, 1900. 1-jun-2012 is the same as 41061. 13-jul-2012 is the same as 41103.

11. Right click the dates on the chart, click Format Axis and set the Minimum to 41061, Maximum to 41103 + duration last task = 41103 + 2 = 41105 and Major unit to 7.

Format Axis

12. Click Close.

Result. A Gantt chart in Excel.

Gantt Chart Final Result

Note that the plumbing and electrical work can be executed simultaneously.


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