How to Create a Column Chart in Google Sheets

Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a column chart in Google Sheets.

How to Create a Column Chart in Google Sheets

A column chart is a type of data visualization in which each category is represented by a rectangle whose height is proportionate to the values depicted. Vertical bar charts are another name for column charts.

The values are usually stated in percentages or units related to the problem statement. These graphs are mostly used for statistical data comparison.

Let’s use a scenario for example.

Consider a study of residents in city A regarding their preferences for fast-food chain brands. The outcome can be represented graphically. The surveyor will be able to present a thorough and brief report on his or her survey in this manner.

Creating a Column Chart

Before we begin we will need a group of data to be used to create the column chart.

Step 1 – Group your data

Make sure your group of data is displayed in a clean and tidy manner. This will help us to create the column chart easily.


Step 2 – Select data & insert chart

Select the entire data cell, choose Insert, and select Chart.


Step 3 – Change to column chart

By default, Google Sheet will use the selected group of data to generate a pie chart.

We can simply change it to a column chart by selecting it in the Chart Type.


Step 4 – Customize chart

Now, you can customize the column chart to your preference. We will change the chart title to ‘Fast Food Chain Preference’ for a better representation of the column chart.

Also, to emphasize the chart title, we will change the text color to black, bold it, and also align it to the center.


Step 5 – Go catch a movie with your new chart

Once you are done editing the graph to your preferences, it will look something like this.



That’s all there is to it. You are welcome to copy the example spreadsheet below to see how it is done. The most crucial lesson is to enjoy yourself while doing it.

Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

In this tutorial, I covered how to make categories in google sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.