Average True Range (ATR) Indicator – Technical Analysis

In this article, we will be discussing the ATR (Average True Range) technical indicator that is used to analyze stock performance.  

I will provide

  • A brief introduction to the theory or concept behind ATR indicator
  • A demo of the template and how you can use it to calculate ATR for any stock you are interested in.
Average True Range (ATR) Technical Indicator in Excel

What is Average True Range (ATR)?

The Average True Range (ATR) is used to measure volatility. ATR is not used to indicate the direction of price.

How to calculate Average True Range (ATR)?

ATR = Average of True Range

True range = max [ (high – low), ABS(high – previous close), ABS (low – previous close)]

How ATR (Average True Range) indicator is calculated

ATR Excel Template

The template will help you create the ATR indicator automatically for any stock.


The blue line indicates the Closing price and the Orange line the ATR


Video Demo


To pull live Stock data from the services you would need either Microsoft 365 Subscription Plans for PC and Web

How to create Average True Range (ATR) indicator in Excel?

Type in a stock sticker symbol on the top left.

ATR Technical Indicator Input stock symbol

If Excel does not recognize your stock symbol, it will pop up this data selector box.

Select the Stock

You can select the stock you are interested in.


The template can pull up to 5 years of price history by default. You can choose how much history to display on the chart easily using the slicer buttons.


The options are 5 Days, Month Till Date, 1 Month, 3 Months, 6 Months, Year Till Date, 1 Year, 5 Years.


The template allows price history at 3 different intervals.


Daily/Weekly/Monthly are the options.

Input Parameters

ATR Input parameters
  • Source: Closing price is the one that is used for calculations typically. However, you can choose from Open, High, Low, Close or Volume.
  • SMA Length: You can type in a length in periods. The commonly used is 14.

The chart will update automatically based on all the above inputs.


On the top right you can see the maximum of the last trade time of these currencies.

The default time that Microsoft provides is UTC.  The offset is set to -7 hrs, to convert to pacific time zone.

You can modify this if you need the time in a different time zone.

Visit to view offset.

How to refresh data?

How to refresh Stocks data
How to refresh Stocks data


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  • Hi,
    Hope you are doing well.
    I like the said video on Average True Range.
    Further, I am looking for ATR trailing stop loss for lower time frame (3 min, 5 min, 15 min, etc. in excel with historical data for number of scripts.
    Can is possible to work in excel and get ATR trailing stop loss for 100’s of script data report.
    Can you able to please guide me on the same.

    • The stock market data feed from Microsoft Excel does not have historical data by 1 minute or 15 min intervals. The lowest grain we have is daily. When Microsoft adds that capability, we will update our templates with more functionality.

      Thanks for your suggestion.

      Best wishes.


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