Create a Waterfall Chart in PowerPoint 2013 - Part 1
By: Taylor Croonquist
Learn how to create a waterfall chart in PowerPoint 2013.
In this guest article, Taylor explains how you can easily create a waterfall chart within PowerPoint.
Waterfall Charts (see Figure 1, below) are one of the most popular charts for displaying how different items come together to make up a whole. The chart was first invented and is still widely used by consultants of McKinsey & Company, and is
something you can easily add to your PowerPoint charting repertoire.
Figure 1: A waterfall chart
Although Waterfall Charts don't technically exist in PowerPoint or Excel, you can quickly create one in either program by manually editing a Stacked Column Chart. The trick is to chart three different data points within the Stacked Column Chart (what I will refer to as the Base, the Value and the Total), and hide the Base and the Total to create the visual effect of a stand-alone piece.
The following links will get you started:
Waterfall Chart Basics – Working with Positive Numbers
Waterfall Chart Additions - Working with Negative Numbers
Waterfall Chart Additions – Adding Step Lines (Leader lines)