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Using pie charts allows you to illustrate the distribution of data in the form of slices. It’s easy to make 2D, 3D, or doughnut-style pie charts in Microsoft Excel—no design knowledge necessary! Here’s how to do it.

How to Create a Pie Chart in Excel

To create a pie chart in Excel, first, open your spreadsheet with the Excel app. We’ll use the following spreadsheet for this guide:

The data for a pie chart in Excel.

In your spreadsheet, select the data that you want to plot on your pie chart. Do not select the sum of any numbers as you probably don’t want to display it on your chart.

Select the data for pie chart.

While your data is selected, in Excel’s ribbon at the top, click the “Insert” tab.

Click the "Insert" tab in Excel.

In the “Insert” tab, from the “Charts” section, select the “Insert Pie or Doughnut Chart” option (it’s shaped like a tiny pie chart).

Select "Insert Pie or Doughnut Chart" in the "Insert" tab in Excel.

Various pie chart options will appear.

Pie chart options in Excel.

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To see how a pie chart will look like for your data, hover your cursor over the chart and a preview will appear.

Hover over a pie chart.

Once you decide on a chart, click that chart to add it to your spreadsheet.

Select a pie chart.

The chart is now available in your spreadsheet. To change the chart’s header, double-click the header and enter a new name.

Double-click the pie chart header.

You can change the chart’s position in your spreadsheet by dragging and dropping the chart. There’s an option to lock the position of your chart as well.

And that’s how you go about displaying your Excel data using slices on a pie!

RELATED: How to Lock the Position of a Chart in Excel

How to Customize the Pie Chart in Excel

The default pie chart design looks good on its own, but you can customize it if you want.

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To do so, click your chart so it’s selected. Then, in Excel’s ribbon at the top, click the “Chart Design” tab.

Click the "Chart Design" tab in Excel.

In the “Chart Design” tab, you will find various chart customization options. If you’d like to change your chart’s color scheme, click the “Change Colors” option and pick a new scheme.

Click "Change Colors" in the "Chart Design" tab in Excel.

Similarly, to change your chart’s style, pick a new design from the “Chart Styles” section.

Select a pie chart style from "Chart Styles" in Excel.

Lastly, if you want to use your chart outside of Excel, save the chart as an image file by right-clicking the chart and selecting “Save as Picture.”

Right-click a pie chart and select "Save as Picture."

And that’s how you personalize your pie charts in Microsoft Excel. If you’re creating a handout, you may want to save your Excel sheet as a PDF before printing it.


Making multiple pie charts in your spreadsheets? You can also group your charts with an Excel feature.

RELATED: How to Combine or Group Pie Charts in Microsoft Excel

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