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Chart Styles in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to apply a pre-defined Chart Style to your charts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows






Long time PowerPoint users will remember the difficulties of charting -- it was so painful, time-consuming, and repetitive a task changing the fills of all the series one after the other -- and if your presentation had more than one chart slide, then you also had to ensure that all charts looked the same.

PowerPoint 2007 made things simple and PowerPoint 2010 takes it further by makes this sort of repetitive formatting easy and consistent with the Chart Styles option -- these are pre-defined styles that contain combinations of formatting elements such as fills, outlines, and effects. PowerPoint provides various styles to choose from -- and all these styles are based on Office Themes.

To apply a chart style, you first need to have a chart in your presentation. Learn how to insert a chart in PowerPoint 2010, and then follow these steps to apply a chart styles in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Select the chart on your slide -- this shows the context-sensitive Chart Tools tabs in the Ribbon area, as shown in Figure 1.

    Chart Tools in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Chart Tools in powerpoint
  2. Within the Chart Tools Design tab of the Ribbon, you'll find the Chart Styles group that you can see in Figure 2. Click the downward pointing arrow found towards the bottom right side of the Chart Styles gallery (highlighted in red).

    Chart Styles in PowerPoint
    Figure 2: Chart Styles in powerpoint
  3. This opens the dropdown Chart Styles gallery, as shown in Figure 3.

    Chart Styles gallery in PowerPoint
    Figure 3: Chart Styles gallery in powerpoint
  4. To apply any style, click on the actual preview thumbnail of the style you want. Figure 4 shows a Chart Style applied to a selected chart.

    Chart Style applied in powerpoint
    Figure 4: Chart Style applied in powerpoint
  5. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Chart Styles in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Chart Styles in PowerPoint 2013
Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
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