The 7 Best Excel Dashboard TemplatesFree & Paid

Written by co-founder Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist.

Excel dashboards help save time in tracking the essential KPIs of your organization.

Here’s the thing:

There’s no need to make one yourself. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

That’s why in this article, we’ll be showing you 7 free and paid dashboard templates you can use.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

*This tutorial is for Excel 2019 for Windows. Got a different version? No problem, you can still follow the exact same steps.

What’s an Excel Dashboard?

Before everything else, let’s define first what an Excel dashboard is and why it’s smart to use one.

An Excel dashboard is a place where you can have a quickview of the key performance indicators in one place.

In a sense, dashboards give you a high-level view of your organization’s work and assist you in making snap decisions based on data.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Dashboards usually fall into one of these three (3) types:

1. Strategic Dashboards

These dashboards are ‘strategic’ because they’re designed to help you make decisions and actions with strategy. They do it by tracking performance related to key performance indicators and help you better understand them.

2. Analytical Dashboards

This type of dashboard focuses on helping you compare data from the past to identify trends, spikes, and drops. By design, analytical dashboards are interactive since they have lots of pivot tables and drill-downs.

3. Operational Dashboards

To date, operational dashboards are the most common type. They show day-to-day metrics which gives a quick view of the organization’s daily performance.

Advantages of Excel Dashboards

There are lots of benefits in using dashboards:

  • Quick access: Because a dashboard collects data from different sheets and tables, you can immediately access and see the information you need in one glance.
  • Saves time: No need to go through different sheets and tables sifting information. With a dashboard, just one look and you will be able to find what you’re looking for.
  • Easy to learn and use: You don’t have to be an Excel Visual Basic expert to use a dashboard. That means organizations can empower their own employees to use one to analyze and present their own data.
  • Spot (and test) errors quickly: Because it’s Excel, it’s easy to test for errors in your data. Just run a search for what’s missing and do changes. Immediately, you’ll be able to see the results.
  • Pleasing to the eyes: Just because Excel, in general, is powerful, there’s no need for the dashboards to look boring. In fact, most dashboards have a magazine-like quality to it.

Suffice to say, it would do you good to acquaint yourself with Excel dashboards especially if you’re handling and analyzing data regularly.

With that in mind, let us show you the 7 best free and paid Excel dashboard templates you can find online:

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

1. Online Sales Tracker

microsoft's very own free online sales tracker

Right off the bat, let’s start with Microsoft’s very own free Online Sales Tracker.

This sales dashboard lets you keep track of the cost per item, percent markup, total revenue, and total profit. In addition, there are available charts for the product profit per item as well as % income per product.

2. Sales Management Dashboard

free smartsheet sales management dashboard template

Perhaps you need a more robust sales dashboard?

Check out Smartsheet’s Sales Management Dashboard Template.

With their template, you’ll be able to track performance by salesperson, product, region, and more. The vast amount of sales data you can add in this dashboard is a real deal.

3. Production KPI Dashboard

free beatexcel interactive production kpi dashboard template

Do you need a production KPI dashboard?

Beatexcel’s Interactive Production KPI Dashboard has you covered.

Their dashboard template shows KPIs related to production like revenue, profit, efficiency, and turnover rate.

One thing you’ll love about this template is how you’re able to interact with it, specifically filtering the information by month.

4. Manufacturing KPI Dashboard

paid someka manufacturing kpi dashboard

Here’s another product kpi dashboard — Someka’s Manufacturing KPI Dashboard.

For a price, you get to record and track 28 manufacturing key performance indicators. Some of the indicators include responsiveness, quality, efficiency, reducing inventory, ensuring compliance, reducing maintenance, flexibility & innovation, and costs and profitability.

Also, this dashboard includes charts and the ability to view information about current year’s actual & target and last year’s actual.

5. Financial Dashboard

free smartsheet financial dashboard template

Financial dashboards can help you make strategic decisions based on your organization’s fiscal performance.

Smartsheet’s Financial Dashboard Template allows you to get a quick visual picture of your financial data. You can track sales revenue and analyze business growth through product and sales rep statistics.

6. Revenue-Expenses Dashboard

free eloquen revenue and expenses excel dashboard

If you’re looking for a more powerful and dynamic dashboard that focuses on revenue and expenses, you’ll be pleased with Marcus Small’s Revenue and Expenses Excel Dashboard.

Aside from the pretty graphics and the magazine-feel of the dashboard, you’ll be able to view a summary of operational metrics on one page. This dashboard has 15 charts which automatically update based on the chosen region and month.

7. Project Management Dashboard

free smartsheet project management dashboard template

Do you need a project management dashboard?

Feel free to use Smartsheet’s Project Management Dashboard Template.

It’s packed with a visual representation of tracking a project’s timeline, task status, financial data, risk analysis, revisions, and more. You’ll get to see that information in one glance and be able to understand them with the use of charts and graphs.

Wrapping things up…

Excel makes computations and analysis easy. Excel dashboards make it easier by showing the most important information on a single page.

If the dashboard you need isn’t on this list, don’t worry! You’ll find lots of free and paid dashboard templates online.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto
2019-10-06T08:11:42+00:00