Waterfall charts


I prefer to call them Bridge charts rather than Waterfall charts, but Waterfall is the common name.

Excel added Waterfalls in Excel 2016.

I think the name Bridge is more descriptive since a bridge takes you from one place to another which is what the chart does with values.

Waterfalls in nature only fall down, whilst a waterfall chart has measures that rise and fall.

This blog post show many examples. Most examples are not done in Excel.

Link to blog post.


Gannt Charts in Excel


Jon Peltier is a legend when it comes to charts in Excel – check out his post on Gannt charts in Excel.

Gannt charts are a project management tool that help you visualise and understand the relationships between tasks and how the project time line is progressing.


Comparing Measures

Katherine S. Rowell, M.S., M.H.A.

If you are ever tempted to start a column (bar) chart at a point other than zero, please read this post.

It also has suggestions for alternative chart types to handle comparisons.

Filtering Tip

Make your headings bold.

This tip applies to tables and to the structures you use for charts.

Excel looks for the bold format when it reviews tables and layouts to figure out if your table has a headings row.

You can use Ctrl + Shift + L to add or remove the filter icons to a data table. There is also an icon on Data ribbon tab.

This will work more reliably if the headings are bold.

I use the following keyboard combination on the top left corner of the table.

Ctrl + Shift + right arrow (this selects all the headings)

Ctrl + b (this applies bold to the headings)

Ctrl + Shift + L (to turn on filters)

This combination can be done very quickly.

You can just use Ctrl + Shift + L within the table, but sometimes this applies the filter to the wrong row.

Pasting Charts in Word and PowerPoint

When you paste Excel charts into Word or PowerPoint you may also be pasting all the underlying data that created the chart.

To get around that problem, you can use the Copy as Picture option.

This option is on a drop down on the Copy button on the Home ribbon – see image below.


You have a few options to choose from on what and how to copy.


This treats the chart as a graphic, which breaks any links to the underlying data. It also makes it much easier to re-size the chart when you paste it in the destination document.

It is not dynamic at all – it is a point in time capture.