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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.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

PowerPoint 2010 provides all the 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.

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

  1. Select the chart to activate the Chart Tools tabs in the Ribbon area, as shown in Figure 3. All put together, there are three Chart Tools tabs.

    Chart Tools
    Figure 3: Chart Tools
  2. Select the Chart Tools Design tab of the Ribbon (see Figure 4).

    Chart Tools Design tab
    Figure 4: Chart Tools Design tab
  3. Click the Change Chart Type button, this is normally the first button from the left (refer to Figure 4 above).
  4. This summons the Change Chart Type dialog box, as shown in Figure 5.

    Change Chart Type dialog box
    Figure 5: Change Chart Type dialog box
  5. 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.
  6. Now click OK to get back to the slide with the changed chart type, as shown in Figure 6.

    Changed chart type
    Figure 6: Changed chart type
  7. Save your presentation.

See Also:

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 Charts Types in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

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