How to Create Progress Bars in Google Sheets

Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create progress bars in Google Sheets.

For example, the progression of a lengthy computer process, such as a download, file transfer, or installation, is visualized using a progress bar, a graphical control element. Occasionally, a written representation of the progress in % format is included with the visual.

We can use the bar chart to show the progress bars.

Once you are ready, we can get started by using real-life scenarios to help you understand how to create progress bars in Google Sheets.

Creating a Progress Bar

Before we begin we will need a group of data to be used to create the progress bars.

Step 1

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


Step 2

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


Step 3

By default, Google Sheet will use the selected group of data to generate a column chart. You can easily change it to a Bar chart by choosing it at the Chart type under the Chart Editor.


Step 4

Now, you can customize the progress bar chart to your preference. We will change the chart title to ‘Assignment Progress’ for a better representation of the pie 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

Once you are done editing and customizing the progress bar chart, 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 create a progress bar chart in google sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.