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Better Excel Variance Charts to show percentage change (Simple & uncommon technique)

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In a previous video (https://youtu.be/A3NfEkf8S0o), I showed you how you can use conditional formatting in Excel Column or Excel Bar charts. I also showed you how you can conditionally format the data labels in Excel graphs to show a different color if the values are positive to when the values are negative.

What I didn't like about that chart was that it was too bulky - and it took away attention from the main column chart that showed the actual sales numbers.

In this video, I show you how you can use the Excel error bar technique to create really thin bars (or thick lines) which has a more subtle effect. The result is a visually effective chart that doesn't distract the readers attention from the main chart but also communicates the difference to previous year visually as well.

The chart doesn't just use the error bar technique but it also conditionally formats the bars so they are green if the data points are positive and red if the data points are negative.

This technique works for Excel 2007, 2010, Excel 2013 and Excel 2016.

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