Add data series in charts in Office 2016 for Mac

After creating a chart, you might add another data series to your worksheet that you want to include in the chart. If your chart is on the same worksheet as the data you used to create the chart (also known as the source data), you can quickly drag around any new data on the worksheet to add it to the chart.

  1. On the worksheet, in the cells directly next to or below the source data of the chart, enter the new data series you want to add.

  2. Click anywhere in the chart.

    The source data is selected on the worksheet showing the sizing handles.

    Selected source data

  3. On the worksheet, drag the sizing handles to include the new data.

    The chart is updated automatically and shows the new data series you added.

If your chart is on a separate chart sheet, dragging might not be the best way to add a new data series. In that case, you can enter the new data for the chart in the Select Data dialog box.

Add a data series to a chart on a chart sheet

  1. On the worksheet, in the cells directly next to or below the source data of the chart, type the new data and labels you want to add.

  2. Click the chart sheet (a separate sheet that only contains a that shows the chart you want to update).

  3. On the Chart Design tab, click Select Data.

    Office for Mac Chart Select Data

    The Select Data Source dialog box appears on the worksheet that has the source data of the chart.

  4. Leaving the dialog box open, click in the worksheet, and then select all data you want to use for the chart, including the new data series.

    The new data series appears under Legend Entries (Series).

  5. Click OK to close the dialog box and to return to the chart sheet.

See Also

Create a chart in Word or PowerPoint

Create a chart in Excel

Change chart type

Format data labels in a chart

Filter data from your chart

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