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Changing the Chart Type
Changing the Chart Type
PowerPoint enables you to create 14 basic types of charts. Each type
conveys information with a different emphasis. Sales data plotted in a column
chart might emphasize the relative performance of different regions, for
example, and the same data plotted as a line chart might emphasize an
increase or decrease in sales over time. The type of chart that’s best for your
data depends on the nature of the data and which aspects of it you want to
Fortunately, PowerPoint doesn’t force you to decide the final chart type up
front. You can easily change the chart type at any time without changing the
chart data. These steps show you how:
1. Click the chart to select it.
When you select a chart, a set of three tabs called the Chart Tools is
added to the Ribbon.
2. Click the Design tab, as shown in Figure 13-5.
Figure 13-5: The Chart Tools Design contextual tab.
3. Click the Change Chart Type button (shown in the margin).
PowerPoint displays a gallery of chart types.
4. Click the chart type that you want.
5. Click OK, and you’re done.
Working with Chart Data
The data that provides the numbers plotted in a PowerPoint chart is stored
in an Excel workbook. Depending on how you created the chart, this Excel
workbook can either be a separate workbook document or be embedded
within your PowerPoint document. Either way, you can work with Excel
whenever you want to modify the chart data.
To change the data on which a chart is based, select the chart. A set of three
tabs called the Chart Tools is automatically added to the Ribbon when you
select the chart. Next, choose the Design tab. This tab includes a group called
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