Doughnut charts should be avoided when there are many categories, or when categories do not sum to 100%. 


Simple, compact presentation Can be read “at a glance” Excel will calculate percentages automatically


Difficult to compare relative size of slices Become cluttered and dense as categories are added Limited to part-to-whole data Poor at showing change over time


Limit categories Consider other charts to show change over time


Dave Bruns

Hi - I’m Dave Bruns, and I run Exceljet with my wife, Lisa. Our goal is to help you work faster in Excel. We create short videos, and clear examples of formulas, functions, pivot tables, conditional formatting, and charts.   

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