Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Changing Chart Types.

Changing Chart Types

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 30, 2018)

Excel makes changing chart types of an existing chart a breeze. You can change chart types by following these steps:

  1. Select the chart you want to change. You do this by clicking on the chart, if you are selecting an embedded chart. (A selection border appears around the perimeter of the chart.) If you are selecting a chart sheet, simply make sure the sheet is displayed.
  2. Make sure the Design tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  3. In the Type group click the Change Chart Type tool. Excel displays the Change Chart Type dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Change Chart Type dialog box.

  5. Select any of the major chart types shown in the left of the dialog box. When you select a type, the information at the right of the dialog box changes.
  6. Click on one of the charts shown at the right of the dialog box.
  7. Click on the OK button. Your chart is reformatted using the chart you selected.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9747) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Changing Chart Types.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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