Free Dashboard Widgets are a new widget kit package to improve the visual quality of your dashboard templates.
In today’s article, we’ll show you various Excel widgets. All widgets are ready-to-use! You can use these tools for various purposes. We will show you how to create a thermometer dashboard widget in Excel. A thermometer graph shows the actual value that you want to track.
Why should you use widgets?
Our goal is to improve a simple template and build better chart templates. We love data visualization and chart templates. You can use pictures, conditionally formatted shapes or battery charts, infographics.
Another important feature: simplicity. If you tell a story using widgets, you don’t need to check several lines of data. Build your dashboard or report, and you can make the right decision.
Free Dashboard Widgets – Thermometer
If you want to build a thermometer widget in Excel, you need only two values. One cell needs to show the actual value. The second cell contains the plan value. Using these values, you can easily calculate the variance in a percentage format.
We made the widget shape using a free vector editor. Some free editors manage vectors, for example, Inkscape for Windows or DrawIt for Mac.
OK, what’s next? Just define a column graph. After that, use a clustered column chart type.
Select the vertical axis and right-click to get the ‘Format Axis’ window.
Under the ‘Format Axis’ panel, under the scale tab, set the minimum value to 0 and the maximum value to 1.
It is important to remove all the unnecessary elements from the chart (title, border, lines).
Now fit chart to vector shape!
That’s all! If you want to check how the widget works, download the sample Excel workbook.
Dial tool to create KPI Templates
The dial widget is a simple but smart chart it can be very efficient if you calculate the actual and plan values in a percentage format.
We’ll use three cells. The first cell contains the plan value (185), the second cell contains the actual value (125), the value of the third cell will be calculated based on the plan / actual values.
The doughnut chart helps us to visualize the gap. If you need more support, be sure to get in touch with us. You can download the mini dial chart using this link.
Score Meter Chart
The score meter chart is nothing else than an improved version of a Thermometer chart. We have divided the interval between 0% and 100% into five equal parts and marked them with different colors. Every single interval determines a quality indicator from ‘bad’ to ‘excellent.
Take a closer look at the picture. This chart doesn’t need too many explanations. A blue arrow marker shows the actual value. Use this link to start the excel training!
Excel Dashboard Widgets
This chapter will be about Excel Gauge Widgets. In the past years, we had many gauge charts and other useful tools in our articles.
Now it’s time to provide a 4 in 1 Excel widget collection.
Quarter style speedometer
This speedometer style isn’t too common but very useful. Just imagine that annoying situation that you have planned and created the dashboard. In the end, we notice we had run out of space, and only the point is missing.
The Scale settings part is the same in all the here introduced free dashboard widgets, and you can set the usual KPI color chart in the Red-Amber-Green lines.
We recommend that after downloading the template, try to modify the values this way. You will learn the fastest the knowledge needed to operate it.
Circle style speedometer
Here is the classic speedometer, which can not be absent from any dashboard, so we don’t talk about it lengthily.
Although there is one change that resolves the previous restrictions (that was sometimes a little bit annoying), the scale can be set between 0 and 100, but you can set it for arbitrary values, the widget will set to the new values.
We have used this format on many dashboards and were always successful. Of course, there are always counter-arguments / doubts about its use. We have read articles that didn’t have a good opinion about it. We think it is mostly from a lack of creativity and persistence.
Semi Circle Style Dashboard Widget
Interesting of the second speedometer that values can be given in %. So far this wasn’t typical but there are many key performance indicators (KPI) can only be defined in %. Some examples: First call resolution, Customer Satisfaction, Percentage of Calls Abandoned, Operational Efficiency and many many more.
If you use these indicators in the business life, then this speedometer is the best for creating perfect dashboards.
Blinker style speedometer dashboard widget
And for last let’s see something really special! The speedometer on the picture has an extra feature. On the bottom of the gauge there is a blinker that’s color-scale / color-value is free to change.
In the first part of this article we said we will end this series. This is of course not permanent if we find something new then we will immediately publish that.
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The 4 in 1 dashboard widget is available on this link.
Many thanks for joining us today; we hope you will improve your excel skills using our tutorials and free dashboard widgets!
Free Dashboard Toolkit
In this article we will share you how to use our lightweight free dashboard widgets to create great but simple and fast presentations using free toolkit.
Our idea of a perfect dashboard to stop spending too much time at work.
What do you think about? If you are thinking of making a business dashboard template use our free resources. Try this widget pack to setting up your business goals!
Traffic Light widgets
We will show you how to set up traffic lights in Excel to show the actual value. We don’t need to use conditional formatting to highlight project status or KPI status.
Follow these simple steps to put value in a cell to visualize your data.
Click the left cell (Red) and insert the maximum value for red light. Click the next cell (Yellow) and insert the maximum value for yellow light. If the entered actual value is between 50 and 80 the light will be yellow. Under 50 the light will be red.
Try to enter a number between 80 and 130 and the light will be green. It can be useful for you to create a well-designed kpi dashboard or balances scorecard template.
Speedometer chart collection
We will show you how each type of speedometer works on this excel dashboard template. You can configure the yellow section. The color yellow indicates that the KPI Gauge has a value between 45 and 100.
The largest value in a range 150. Between 100 and 150 we indicate the maximum area of key performance indicator using green. Just enter a value into the input cell and the needle will show you the actual performance.
The picture below show you how to change the scale up to 270. The method for setting up the gauge is same as the first. The speedometer highlights information about the process or target by which range is selected.
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