Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how you can change your chart type from one to another in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint 2013 provides all the basic chart types such as Column, Bar, Line, Pie, etc. (see Figure 1) -- and also some advanced charts like Radar, Surface etc. (see Figure 2). Together, all these chart types work for almost every kind of graphical data representation.
Figure 1: Column, Bar, and Pie Chart Types
Figure 2: X Y (Scatter), Surface, and Radar Chart Types
To change a chart type from one to another, you first need to insert a chart in PowerPoint 2013. Thereafter, follow these steps to change the chart type:
- Select the chart to activate the Chart Tools tabs in the Ribbon area, as shown in Figure 3. All put
together, there are two Chart Tools tabs (highlighted in red within Figure 3).
Figure 3: Chart Tools tabs
- Select the Chart Tools Design tab of the Ribbon (highlighted in red within
Figure 4). Click the Change Chart Type button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 4: Change Chart Type button
- This summons the Change Chart Type dialog box, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Change Chart Type dialog box
As you can see in Figure 5 above, the left pane of this dialog box displays a list of chart types to choose from -- and on the right side, you will see sub-types based on the chart type chosen in the left pane, and you can also see the preview of the selected sub-type chart.
- Select the type and the sub-type you want. In Figure 6 you can see that we have selected Line chart
type. Then, click the OK button.
Figure 6: Line Chart selected within the Change Chart Type dialog box
- Now, you can see that your chart on the slide has been changed to the type you selected, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Column chart changed to Line chart
- Save your presentation.
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