How to Create an Effective Gauge Chart
Most of us don't know how to deal with gauge charts when we are novice users. But with the passage of time and experience, we gain expertise. A good gauge chart helps to understand the systematic flow of information in the business. You may get a better understanding about gauges chart by reading Basic Gauges Chart Knowledge.
Edraw includes some inbuilt gauge chart templates and examples which makes it very easy to use. You can easily visualize your data on computer and generate a gauge chart with quick click. It comes with various embedded features like smart drawing guide which makes mind mapping simple, supporting big size and multiple page mind map; inbuilt themes, effects, styles; automatic alignment; compatibility with MS office and PDF; being easy to share and much more. You can also make notes, attachment and build hyperlink.
How to Create a Gauge Chart
Import Data From a File
You need to follow only a few steps to draw an effective gauge chart from Edraw. Just drag a built-in gauge symbol from the library.
Then use the quick button to load data from a text file or Excel sheet.
The above gauge chart is using the following data:
Caption, Name, Value
Min Scale, Min, $100000
Max Scale, Max, $300000
Current Value, Sales Volume, $156840
First Zone, Basic, $150000
Second Zone, Target, $200000
Third Zone, Stretched, $250000
Fourth Zone, Perfect
To make it as easy as possible to create your first chart, change the data and save it to a text file. Then use one of the gauge chart symbols in the software to load the data.
NOTE: In the source data, the second and third column is user data. You need not to input the last range value because it's always the same as Max scale value.
Edit Shape Data
The second way to set gauge data is inputting data via floating menu.
By clicking Set Gauge Data item in the floating menu, you can input the Min Scale, Max Scale, Current Value, and you can also set the precision, units and scale number.
Click Set Range Number to set the range number.
Click Set Range Data to set every range value.
To change the color and license, you can click to select subshapes in the gauge chart. Then use the menu to set.
Export Gauge Chart
Edraw is compatible with MS office, easy to share with graphic format, PDF file, word, PowerPoint, Excel document and much more.
Open the File menu, then click the export item.
Steps to Make an Example Gauge Chart
Here is a user who wants to draw a gauges chart that the $0-30K range should be in RED, the 30-70K should be ORANGE, and the 70-200K range should be in GREEN. When Looking at this in sales numbers, if his employees have booked $75,000 out of $200,000 dollars, they are on the right track and their number will be Green. However, he tried many time but failed. I bet that you may meet the same problem, so we will show you how to achieve the desirable result.
First thing first, double click the option "gauge data", set the max scale"200", current value"75", unit "K".
Second, show the legend on the bottom, and select the $0-30K range button on the legend, and click the quick color bar on the bottom of drawing page to change the range color. Repeat the step to change rest two range colors.
The gauge chart that meets the user's requirement should be as follow: