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Save a chart as a picture

You can quickly copy your chart to another application by saving it as a picture. This also prevents people from editing your chart.

Follow these steps to save a chart as a picture:

  1. Click the chart that you want to save as a picture.

  2. On the Home tab > Copy. Or, right-click over the chart and choose Copy from the popup menu.

  3. On the Home tab, click the arrow under Paste > Paste Special.

  4. In the Paste Special box, in the As list, click the graphic file format that you want.

    Top part of Paste Special dialog box
  5. Right-click over the graphic and choose Save as Picture.

  6. Enter a name for your graphic file, browse to the location to save the file, and then click Save.  

TIP: In PowerPoint, you can right-click the chart and choose Save as Picture. There's no need to copy it as a picture first.

Chart with right-click shortcut menu open and Save as Picture command highlighted

Choosing a graphics file format

File format

What it means

Device Independent Bitmap (.bmp)

Graphics created in one program are displayed in another program exactly the way they appeared in the original program.

Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)

Supports 256 colors and no image data is lost when the file is compressed.

JPEG File Interchange Format (.jpg)

Best used for pictures with many colors, such as scanned photos.

Portable Network Graphics Format (.png)

Improves the quality of graphics on a web site because parts of the image can be transparent and brightness can be controlled.

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