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Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

Learn to change the chart type from one to another in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows.


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PowerPoint provides sample choices in chart types for almost every kind of graphical data representation. There are some basic chart types such as column, bar, line, pie, etc. (see Figure 1) -- and advanced charts like radar, surface, bubble, doughnut, etc. (see Figure 2).

Column Chart
Bar Chart
Pie Chart

Figure 1: Column, Bar, and Pie Chart Types

Column Chart
Bar Chart
Pie Chart

Figure 2: Radar, Surface, and Bubble Chart Types

To change a chart type you need to have a chart in your presentation. Learn how to insert chart in PowerPoint 2002 - 2003.

Follow these steps to change the chart type in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003.

  1. Double click the chart to go to the chart editing mode as shown in Figure 3.

    Chart editing mode
    Figure 3: Chart editing mode
  2. From the menu choose, Chart | Chart Type as shown in Figure 4.

    Chart type
    Figure 4: Chart type
  3. This summons Chart Type dialog box (see Figure 5).

    Chart Type
    Figure 5: Chart Type

    Within the Standard Types tab of this dialog box, choose:

    A. Chart type

    Provides a list of chart types to choose from.

    B. Chart sub-type

    Here you can see the sub-types, based on what is chosen in chart type list. The text box below this area shows the detailed information about the selected sub-type.

    C. Press and Hold to View Sample

    To preview how the chart will look like with the chosen chart type, click the Press and Hold to View Sample button. This replaces the chart sub-type box with the sample chart temporarily as shown in Figure 6.

    Sample chart type
    Figure 6: Sample chart type

    D. Set as default chart

    If you would like to use a specific chart type all the time, click the Set as default chart button to change PowerPoint's defaults.
  4. With the new chart type selected, click OK to get back to the chart editing mode as shown in Figure 7.

    Changed chart type
    Figure 7: Changed chart type
  5. You can exit the chart editing mode by clicking anywhere outside the chart area or the datasheet.
  6. 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 2010 for Windows
Changing Chart Types in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

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