Create a pie chart on a PowerPoint slide

To present data visually in a presentation, create a chart in PowerPoint. Follow these steps to create a new pie chart in PowerPoint with the power of Excel. After you create a basic chart, adjust the chart data, change the style, and immediately update it.

The information in this article applies to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, and 2013.

  1. Create Pie Chart in PowerPoint
  2. Choose a pie chart style
  3. General Pie Chart and Data
  4. Edit pie chart data
  5. Updated pie chart to show new data

Create Pie Chart in PowerPoint

To follow this tutorial, create a pie chart on a new slide. For this example, use the Title and Content slide layout, which has a shortcut to create and insert a new chart.

Start adding a new slide using a slide layout Title and content † Then select the icon Insert chart (this is the middle icon on the top row of the group of six icons shown in the slide layout body). The Insert Chart dialog box opens.

Another way to add a pie chart is to select and select a blank slide in your presentation Insert Diagram

Choose a pie chart style

In the Insert Chart dialog box, select: Cake and select a pie chart style. There are different styles of pie charts. Options include flat pie shells, 3D pie shells, and exploded pie charts. Select Okay when you have made your choice.

You can change the styles and colors of a pie chart after it is created.

General Pie Chart and Data

When you create a pie chart on a PowerPoint slide, the base chart appears on the slide and the chart data appears in the worksheet pane.

If you don’t see the worksheet window, select the chart and choose Chart tool design To change the data:

You use the worksheet window to enter data for the pie chart, overwriting the default data.

Edit pie chart data

Pie charts show comparative types of data, such as percentages of how much each of your monthly household expenses subtracts from your income. However, pie charts display one type of data, unlike bar or line charts.

To edit data in a worksheet window:

  1. Select a worksheet window to make it the active window.

  2. Change the column header in the general data to reflect your own information.

    This example shows the number of people who own different types of pets. The column above the room list has been changed to Pet Owners.

  3. Edit the row headers in the shared data to reflect your own information.

    In this example, the row headers have been changed to Cats, Dogs, and Both.

  4. The chart is updated with your changes.

To add new rows of data, drag the corner handle of the selected data set.

Updated pie chart to show new data

After you change the general data to your own specific data, the information will immediately appear in the pie chart. Add a slide title to the text placeholder at the top of the slide. Using a pie chart on a PowerPoint slide is a great way to compare data of the same type.

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