How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel

In this tutorial, you’ll see how to create a simple pie graph in Excel. Using a graph is a great way to present your data in an effective, visual way.

Let’s have a look, then!

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Excel offers many different chart types and choosing just the right kind of graph can make your data presentation clear and engaging. In the previous tutorials, we learned how to make a line graph

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - line graph

and also bar graph.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - bar graph

In this tutorial, we’ll take some time to explore the pie chart, specifically, how to use it to present monthly sales, which you can see in this table .

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - graph data

First of all, as usual, we need to select the area with the relevant data – the data we want to present in the graph.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - area with a relevant graph data

Click on the ‘Insert’ tab, go to section ‘Charts’ and select the pie chart option.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - pie chart option

There are more chart design options to choose from, but for now, we’ll pick the first one.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - first option pie chart

Excel will immediately draw the chart and insert it in the spreadsheet.

Now, let’s see what we can do to improve the chart or customise it more to our liking.

How to Adjust the Position of the Chart Within the Excel Spreadsheet

The position of the chart within the spreadsheet can be adjusted in a very simple way. Click on the blank space within the chart area, hold the left mouse button and move the graph any direction to place it exactly where you need.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - change position of chart

How to Adjust the Size of a Pie Chart in Excel

You can easily adjust the size of the chart, too – simply by clicking into any corner of the chart area, on one of the little circles, and dragging any direction until the size of the chart is just what you need it to be.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - adjust the size of the chart

Let’s move on!

How to Add a Chart Title in Excel

The title of the graph now contains the caption ‘Chart Title’. Of course, you can name your pie chart anything you want. Just click on the caption to make it editable and type in your own title.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - chart title

And we’re still not finished here!

How to Change Colour and Design of the Chart

The colour and design of the chart can also be easily changed according to your preference. Click on the blank space of the chart area again, go to ‘Design’ tab and find the option ‘Change Colour’ to pick from a selection of colours.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - change colour of chart

In addition, the whole graph design can be changed in a similar way. Go to ‘Design’ tab once again, look for ‘Chart Styles’, click on the drop-down arrow and you’ll see a list of options to choose from. You can select the style that suits you best.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - pie chart designe

And here’s one more thing before we finish.

A graph in Excel is dynamic, which means that if you change any data in the source table, it will be reflected in the graph, too. For example, we’ll change the sales figure for February  from 56 to 82. The chart has automatically updated to show this new value.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel - dynamic graph

If you’re interested in learning more about other types of graphs or how to improve already created charts, watch the upcoming EasyClick Academy tutorials!

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