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How to Make a Pie Chart in Microsoft Excel 2010 or 2007

Beginners Guide to Making Pie Charts in Office ExcelPie charts are an effective way to visually analyze data sets.  And since most people love pie, it’s a widely accepted format to present data to customers or management!  All jokes aside, it might seem difficult to get started with a pie chart, but Microsoft Excel is an excellent tool for producing them with just a few simple clicks.  In this groovy tutorial we’ll show you the basics of creating and customizing a pie chart in Microsoft Office’s Excel.

Step 1

First, you’ll need to write your list of data in Excel.  This is pretty easy, one column is your description of the numbers, and the other column is your numbers.

You can make it look snazzy by styling it from the Home ribbon, but this won’t affect our pie chart.

make your pie chart data

Step 2

Select the data that you want to include in the pie chart.  This literally means holding down the left-mouse button and dragging a box around the data.  Be sure not to select the cells where you totaled things up.

Once everything is selected, Click the Insert ribbon and then Click Pie and Select whether you want a 2-D or a 3-D pie; and which template.

select your data and then insert a pie chart

Step 3 – Customize your chart

Now your pie chart should show up on your speadsheet.  The next thing we’re going to do is customize the chart a bit to make it more appealing.

When you have the chart selected (click on the chart) it will make Chart Tools appear on the ribbon.  This includes a total of 3 different tabs: Design, Layout, and Format.

design your pie chart from the chart tools ribbon

Step 4

Each tab from the Chart Tools ribbon area will let perform a number of different customizations.  The only way to really learn what you can do is to play around with the different settings for a while.  But, as an example I’ve customized my chart using the tools outlined in the 3 screenshots below.

change the pie chart layoutformat the excel piechart change your piechart style


Now you have a spiffy looking pie chart in your Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.  When it comes to making pie charts this attractive, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

Do you have a favorite tip or trick for making pie charts in Excel?  We’d love to hear it in the comments below!

a fancy new pie chart in excel 2010

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8 Responses to How to Make a Pie Chart in Microsoft Excel 2010 or 2007

  1. grace kay November 30, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    thanks! brief and very useful

  2. sridarsh July 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Thank you so much! it was very helpful

  3. sd August 7, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    thanks , made easy to understand

  4. Mary October 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    how do you print the chart without the box around it?

  5. uma devi February 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    Thank u so was very useful

  6. Michael Vilen February 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    If you want to use an image as fill in the pie, how do you fill the whole chart with one image? It seems that there is the same image on every single pie not one image over the whole chart. Do you have any solution for this?

  7. Matt S. February 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Did not work for me. I could never get the data to show up in the chart.

  8. Kunal. Siddhawar October 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    That is very helpful to me and easy to explain others about this
    Thank you so much…

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