Author: Oscar Cronquist Article last updated on February 14, 2019

Today I am going to show you how to create a dynamic Gantt chart in excel 2007. A Gantt chart helps you plan and track various elements of a project. A dynamic chart automatically adds new values to the chart. Let's start!

Create a table

  1. Select cell range (A1:D7)
  2. Press with left mouse button on "Insert" tab on the ribbon
  3. Press with left mouse button on "table" button
  4. Press with left mouse button on ok!

Create a stacked chart

  1. Select table
  2. Go to "Insert" tab
  3. Press with left mouse button on "Bar chart" button and then press with left mouse button on "Stacked bar" button.

Setting up the stacked chart

  1. Press with right mouse button on a blue bar
  2. Press with left mouse button on "Format Data Series..."
  3. Press with left mouse button on "Fill"
  4. Press with left mouse button on "No Fill"
  5. Press with left mouse button on OK!
  6. Press with right mouse button on on chart
  7. Press with left mouse button on "Select Data"
  8. Select "Finish Date"
  9. Press with left mouse button on "Remove" button
  10. Press with left mouse button on OK!

Format x-axis

  1. Press with right mouse button on on x axis dates
  2. Press with left mouse button on "Format axis.."
  3. Change "Minimum:" and "Major unit:" to fixed
  4. Change "Minimum" value to 40547.
  5. Change "Major unit:" value to 7.
  6. Press with left mouse button on "Alignment"
  7. Change "Text direction:" to Rotate all text 270
  8. Press with left mouse button on Close

Setting up the legend

  1. Press with left mouse button on text "Start date" in legend
  2. Delete
  3. Press with right mouse button on on chart
  4. Press with left mouse button on "Select Data"
  5. Press with left mouse button on "Duration"
  6. Press with left mouse button on Edit
  7. Change "Series name:" to Sheet4!$A$1 (Activity)
  8. Press with left mouse button on OK!

Get the Excel file


Dynamic-Gantt-Chart.xlsx