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Change the Chart Type

When you create a chart in PowerPoint, a 3D column chart is used to display sample data. After entering your own data, you may decide to use a different type of chart.

There are 14 chart types within PowerPoint with further sub-types to select from these. The main types of chart are:

  • Column chart - used to compare different values side by side. Each value is represented by a column. Multiple data series are identified by different coloured columns.
  • Line chart - used to illustrate trends over time. Each value is plotted as a point and connected by a line through each point.
  • Pie chart - used for showing values as a percentage of a whole. Each value is represented by a different coloured segment of the pie.
  • Bar chart - like column charts but are displayed horizontally. Also used to compare vales side by side.
  • Area chart - like line charts except that the area beneath the line connecting the points is filled by a colour.
  • Scatter chart - used to plot a cluster of values. Multiple items can be plotted by using different coloured points.

To change the chart type:

  1. Click Chart > Chart Type
  2. The Chart Type dialogue box appears. Click the Standard Types tab to select it if necessary
  3. Selecting a chart type

  4. Select the chart type you want from the list
  5. A description of the purpose of the chart is displayed at the bottom of the dialogue box on selecting a chart type

  6. Select a chart sub-type if you wish
  7. Click Ok

Use a custom chart type

PowerPoint has a number of built-in custom chart types that can be used.

  1. Click Chart > Chart Type
  2. Click the Custom Types tab
  3. Selecting a custom chart type

  4. Select the chart type you want from the list
  5. A sample of the chart is displayed to the right of the list

  6. Click Ok

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