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Excel Pareto Chart template

to create a pareto diagram for pareto analysis

Use the Pareto template to identify the 20% of problems causing 80% of your headaches —
so you know where to focus your continuous improvement efforts.

Pareto Chart in Excel

also known as a pareto graph

Excel Pareto chart template

Sample Excel Pareto Chart template example

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Excel Pareto Chart

What is a Pareto Chart?

Use a Pareto graph to quickly and visually identify the things (usually problems) that occur most frequently.

The "Pareto Principle" is that 80% of your resources are spent on 20% of your problems.

So your goal is to go resolve those problems first.

Click the button to create your chart, and then go focus your attention on the problems that have the tallest bars on the chart at the front of your pareto distribution.

How to use your Pareto Template

Enter your Header Data

Edit the 'Chart Title', 'Y Axis Title', and 'Revised Date' in the header data at the top of the page.

Notice that the header data that you enter will also automatically also appear in the chart itself.

Choose Horizontal or Vertical Data

Choose whether to use Horizontal or Vertical data
by using the dropdown list in the 'Data Type' field.

Enter your data and data labels

Option 1) Manually type your data and labels

Option 2) Copy and paste your data & labels

perhaps using Paste Special to paste only Formulas or Values

Advanced Features

Copy Chart

Copy a picture of your Pareto Chart to any other document

Simple click the Copy Chart button

to copy a picture of your chart to the clipboard
where it can then be easily pasted to ANY other type of document
(such as Word, PowerPoint, Visio, etc.)

Add a Pareto Chart to any other document

If you want a chart that instantly updates every time that your data changes...

Copy Sheet

Before you even start following the instructions above…

first use the special Systems2win Copy Sheet utility
to copy the entire chart sheet into the workbook containing your source data.

(The source workbook can be created from ANY Systems2win template)

Follow the standard instructions (above)

but rather than copying & pasting your data and labels—
use Excel's Link Cells feature to auto-populate from the source worksheet

(which is now in the same workbook with your copied chart sheet)

On your copied chart sheet...

select the chart, (by clicking near the outside border), and copy it.

Paste to the sheet containing the source data.

Resize it to fit nicely.

Whenever your data changes, your Pareto Chart will instantly refresh.

Standard Features

And you have all of the other standard features that are common to every Systems2win Excel template:

Why reinvent

Why re-invent?

More Pareto Chart Templates

The Pareto Chart template (that you can download as a free trial) is designed to quickly create a chart:

  1. by entering a small amount of data
  2. by copying & pasting existing data
  3. by linking to your data (so that your chart updates instantly as your data changes)

Also consider using your other Systems2win templates that also have a Pareto Chart as a standard feature:

Trend Charts template

Trends Visual Scorecard

While the Pareto template is useful for creating a chart from existing data...

you might use your Trend Analysis template even more often


Why? Because it provides a well-conceived way to organize your data —
AND instantly generates 3 different Pareto charts
without you needing to do anything but enter your data.


Cause and Effect Matrix

Cause and Effect Matrix

If your purpose
is to choose where to focus your attention for process improvement

then you should be using the Cause & Effect Matrix template.


Pareto Diagram — Pareto Chart in Excel

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