Change the color or style of a chart in Office 2016

Maybe you’ve created a chart and think “this needs a little something else” to make it more impactful. Here’s where Chart Styles Customize the Look of Your Chart button is your BFF. Click the chart, click Customize the Look of Your Chart button , located next to the chart in the upper right corner, and pick an option in the Style or Color galleries.

Change the color of a chart

  1. Click the chart you want to change.

  2. In the upper right corner, next to the chart, click Chart Styles Customize the Look of Your Chart button .

  3. Click Color and pick the color scheme you want.

    Color tab in Customize the Look of Your Chart pane

Tip: Chart styles (combinations of formatting options and chart layouts) use the theme colors. To change color schemes, switch to a different theme. In Excel, click Page Layout, click the Colors button, and then pick the color scheme you want or create your own theme colors.

Color button in Theme group on Page Layout tab

Change the chart style

  1. Click the chart you want to change.

  2. In the upper right corner next to the chart, click Chart Styles Customize the Look of Your Chart button .

  3. Click Style and pick the option you want.

Customize the Look of Your Chart Style pane

As you scroll down the gallery, Live Preview shows you how your chart data will look with the currently selected style.

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