A stacked area chart is a major Excel chart type that shows a series of data stacked up with filled areas. Stacked area charts can show how the relationship of parts to the whole changes over time. This video will show you how to create a stacked area chart in Visual Paradigm Online.

What is a stacked area chart?

A stacked area chart is an extension of the basic area graph. It shows the evolution of the values of several groups on the same graph. The values of each group are displayed on top of each other so that the evolution of the total number of numerical variables and the importance of each group can be examined on the same graph.

Stacked Area Chart Advantages & Disadvantages


The Stacked Area Chart is suitable for studying the overall evolution and the relative proportions of the groups.
Simple representation can be read at a glance.
Can show the change of part and whole over time.


The stacked Area Chart is not suitable for studying the evolution of each individual group: it is difficult to subtract the heights of other groups at each time point.
In general, it is more difficult to add data labels because there is less white space available.
Area charts may imply more data than is actually available.

How to create a stacked area chart?

  1. In VP Online, you can create a stacked area chart by selecting the Charts tool, then drag out the stacked area chart into your design.

  2. You can go to Format Panel, Chart, and Edit data, to alter the data of the chart in a spreadsheet. Easily edit your data in an intuitive spreadsheet editor. Visual Paradigm Online makes it simple to enter your information and turn it into a stunning chart.

    Create a stacked area chart

  3. You can also alter the chart data by directly drag & drop the areas in the chart.

  4. You can change the chart style in the Format panel. Visual Paradigm Online supports a rich set of style options for all chart types. You can easily customize your chart to match your company’s brand colors and fonts or choose the color that matches your topic. Customize everything, from the fonts and colors to the position of titles and legends in a few clicks.

Chart Templates

Visual Paradigm Online free chart maker features a wide range of professional chart templates. You just need to select a template to get started, and then enter your data to get instant results. Try to choose a beautiful template that you want, and easily create your own stacked area chart.