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Six New Chart Types in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn about six new chart types available in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher

Frankly, it has been many years since new chart types were added to PowerPoint’s repertoire of the ten chart types. The great news is that you will find new chart types in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. These are:

  1. Treemap,
  2. Sunburst,
  3. Histogram,
  4. Pareto (within Histogram options),
  5. Box and Whisker, and
  6. Waterfall

To locate these new Chart types, click the Insert tab of the Ribbon as shown highlighted in green within Figure 1 below, and select the Charts option (highlighted in blue within Figure 1). This opens the Chart Types dialog box where you can see the new charts, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.

New Chart Types in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Figure 1: New Chart Types in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Let's explore each of these six new chart types:


The Treemap chart provides a hierarchical view of your data, categorized similar to the branches and leaves of a tree. This provides an easy way to compare different levels of categorization. Look at Figure 2, which shows a sample Treemap chart.

Treemap chart
Figure 2: Treemap chart


The new Sunburst chart shows the full hierarchy of categories to provide deeper analysis capabilities. This chart type makes it easy to find out the largest contributing sections within a hierarchy of multiple levels. Look at Figure 3, which shows a sample Sunbrust chart.

Sunbrust Chart
Figure 3: Sunbrust Chart


Suitable for statistics, a histogram automatically displays the frequencies within a distribution, as shown in Figure 4, which shows a sample Histogram chart.

Histogram chart
Figure 4: Histogram chart


Pareto chart type, a sub-type of Histogram chart, helps you automatically sort the frequency of the most common issues (represented by the bar graph) and then show the percentage of contribution of each issue as you move along the horizontal axis (the line graph). See Figure 5, which shows a sample Pareto chart.

Pareto chart
Figure 5: Pareto chart

Box & Whisker

A Box & Whisker chart illustrates the distribution of data into ‘quartiles’, emphasizing the mean and outlier values. See Figure 6, which shows a sample Box & Whisker chart.

Box & Whisker chart
Figure 6: Box & Whisker chart


With the help of Waterfall charts you can quickly find out and understand the gains and losses caused by each item. See Figure 7, which shows a sample Waterfall chart.

Waterfall chart
Figure 7: Waterfall chart

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