Add a chart to a presentation

Quick Start:

In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you can insert many kinds of data charts and graphs, such as column charts, line graphs, pie charts, bar charts, area graphs, scatter graphs, stock charts, surface charts, doughnut charts, bubble graphs, and radar graphs.


  • Don't see the chart that you want in this article?     For more information about the variety of graphs and charts you can use, see Available chart types.

  • Want to create a flowchart or an organization chart?     For more information about how to create organization charts, see Identify which program to use to create an organization chart .

  • If Microsoft Excel 2010 isn't installed on your computer, you will not be able to take advantage of the advanced data charting capabilities in Microsoft Office 2010. Instead, when you create a new data chart in PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Graph opens.


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On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Chart.

The Illustrations group on the Insert tab

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In the Insert Chart dialog box, click the arrows to scroll through the chart types.

Select the type of chart that you want and then click OK.

You can choose from many different types of graphs in the Insert Chart dialog box
When you rest the mouse pointer over any chart type, a ScreenTip displays its name.

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Edit the data in Excel 2010.

When you are finished editing your data, you can close Excel.

Sample data for a chart
Sample data in an Excel worksheet


  • To get a good idea of what you can add to or change in your chart, under Chart Tools, click the Design, Layout, and Format tabs, and then explore the groups and options that are provided on each tab.

    Tip: If you don't see the Chart Tools, make sure that you click anywhere inside the chart to activate it.

    The Chart Tools contextual tab will only appear if you have selected your chart.

  • You can also access design, layout, and formatting features that are available for specific chart elements (such as chart axes or the legend) by right-clicking those chart elements.

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