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Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn to change the chart type from one to another in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Doing so allows you to change the chart type wihout altering the underlying data.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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PowerPoint 2010 for Windows provides all basic chart types such as column, bar, line, pie, etc. (see Figure 1), and also some advanced charts like radar, surface, bubble, doughnut, etc. (see Figure 2). Together, all these chart types cater for almost every kind of graphical data representation.

Bar Chart Column Chart Pie Chart

Figure 1: Bar, Column, and Pie Chart Types

Bubble Chart Surface Chart Radar Chart

Figure 2: Bubble, Surface, and Radar Chart Types

To change a chart type from one to another, you first need to have a chart in your presentation. Learn how to insert a chart in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.

Now follow these steps to change the chart type in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select the chart to activate the Chart Tools tabs in the Ribbon area, as shown in Figure 3, below. All put together, there are three Chart Tools tabs.
  2. Chart Tools
    Figure 3: Chart Tools
  3. Note: The Chart Tools Design, Layout and Format tabs are contextual tabs. These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
  4. Select the Chart Tools Design tab of the Ribbon (see Figure 4).
  5. Chart Tools Design tab
    Figure 4: Chart Tools Design tab
  6. Click the Change Chart Type button. This is normally the first button from the left (refer to Figure 4, above).
  7. Doing so summons the Change Chart Type dialog box, as shown in Figure 5, below.
  8. PowerPoint may let you change charts but it’s best to make a decision before you begin
    Figure 5: Change Chart Type dialog box
  9. As you can see in Figure 5, the left pane of this dialog box displays a list of chart types to choose from, and on the right pane, you will see sub-types based on the chart type choosen in the left pane. Select the type and the sub-type you want.
  10. Now, click OK to get back to the slide with the changed chart type, as shown in Figure 6, below.
  11. Changed chart type
    Figure 6: Changed chart type
  12. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Chart Basics: Changing Chart Types (Glossary Page)

Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

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