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Gantt chart is the perfect graphical tool for your project


Sometimes you may need to track the progress of the project from start to finish. A Gantt chart is a horizontal bar chart used in project management as a tool to visualize progress.


You have data below for sequential steps for building a website along with start date and no. of days required to complete.

You have to make a Gantt chart showing the progress of building the website.

Step 1: Select the website table from A2 to C12


Step 2: Go to INSERT tab

Step 3:  Click on Recommended Charts option

Step 4: Insert Chart dialog box appears

Step 5: Click on All Charts

Step 6: Click on Bar

Step 7: Click on Stacked Bar

Step 8: Click on OK

Step 9: Select the Legend and press delete button

Step 10: Enter the Title “Building the Website”

Step 11: Right click on the task on the left side of the bar and click on Format Axis…

Step 12: Format Axis option appears


Step 13: Select Categories in reverse order tick box

Step 14: Now it reversed as per order

Step 15: Select the blue bars

Step 16: Click on Format Data Series

Step 17: Format Data Series option appears

Step 18: From the Fill & Line option select No fill

Step 19: Click on Cancel button

Step 20: Select the date B3 to B12

Step 21: Go to number formatting and select the Number from dropdown.

Explanation: This is to show that Dates and Time are stored in numbers in excel and counts the number of days from January 0, 1900. From the below image we can see that minimum is 43678 & maximum is 43767.


Step 22: Select date format again for the Start date

Step 23: Right click on dates on the chart

Step 24: Select Format Axis

Step 25: Type Minimum as 43678 & Maximum as 43770 in the bounds.

Step 26: Type 7.0 (week) for major units

Step 27: Click on Cancel option to close

Step 28: Final result

Scope of Usage

  • Can be used as a project management tool
  • Can be used to track the status of the project
  • Can be used to prepare schedules

Can be used represent duration using horizontal bars

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