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How Do I Make a Chart in Microsoft® Excel® 2010

December 06, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to insert a chart into a Microsoft® Excel® 2010 spreadsheet

Presenting data graphically is usually much more effective than showing people a table or spreadsheet full of numbers or other information. However, many times, charts used in PowerPoint® presentations, Microsoft® Word documents and Excel® spreadsheets consist of information typed into cells. The process of making a graph or a chart is very simple if you have a data table. The instructions below describe how to insert a chart into a Microsoft® Excel® 2010 spreadsheet to make it easier for people to understand your presentations.


  1. Launch Microsoft Office® Excel® 2010 spreadsheet editor.
  2. Select the table containing the data you wish to use in your chart (lines and columns).
  3. Switch to the “Insert” tab.
  4. In the “Charts” section, you will see a list of chart types with dropdown menus.
  5. Click on the dropdown corresponding to the type of chart you desire and choose the chart type you wish to use.
  6. You chart will be created, and if you change any value in the table, the chart will update automatically.
  7. To delete the chart, select it and press the delete button on the keyboard.

Tips and Tricks:

  • To customize any component of the chart, right-click on it and select the last option in the “Format…” menu.


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