100% Stacked Column Chart with Negative Numbers?

Kelvin Stott

Active Member
Oct 26, 2010
I'm trying to create a 100% stacked column chart which includes negative numbers, e.g., 2, 4, 5, -1 and -2

The problem is, the chart scales the total *absolute* value (=14) to 100%, rather than scaling the total *net* value (=8) to 100%.

Showing the negative values below the axis is not a problem. The problem is the overall scale.

Is there any option I can check to plot the chart the *right* way (by scaling to the total net value rather than the total absolute value)?

Or is this just a fixed "feature" (i.e., bug) of Excel?

Thanks for any help.
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Board Regular
Apr 11, 2010
maybe you will find a way forward on jon peltier's website, he is THE charts expert

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