Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Specifying Chart Sizes.

Specifying Chart Sizes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 25, 2017)

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Megan has a monthly report that she creates in Excel. She has most of the report automated, except for one annoying problem that she must handle manually. The report includes four pie charts used to illustrate some values from the report. Each pie chart comes out a bit different in size, and the manual task is that Megan needs to make them all the same size. She wants each of them to be 5 centimeters square, and would love a way to remove the manual drudgery of formatting them each month.

The reason that each of the pie charts is a little bit different in size is because when you create a chart with the default settings, Excel decides it can adjust the chart size as it sees fit. This sizing can depend on several factors, such as available space, label sizes, number of data points, etc. One way to improve the chances that each chart will be the same size is to create your first chart and then use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy the chart the other three times. Each should be identical, and then you can adjust the data ranges reflected in the charts so that they display the desired ranges.

If it is not practical to copy and paste the charts (for instance, if the charts are created by macros), then you may be interested in just using a quick macro to adjust the size of all the charts in the worksheet. The following macro will step through each chart and adjust the Height and Width properties to 5 centimeters.

Sub AdjChartSizes()
    Dim cht As ChartObject
    For Each cht In ActiveSheet.ChartObjects
        cht.Chart.ChartArea.AutoScaleFont = False
        cht.Height = Application.CentimetersToPoints(5)
        cht.Width = Application.CentimetersToPoints(5)
    Next cht
End Sub

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12235) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Specifying Chart Sizes.

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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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What is four more than 7?

2017-02-25 19:28:53

Alex B

A quicker way to select all charts is to select 1 chart then use the Short-Cut key ctl+a


2012-12-07 14:03:55

Ajesh Barod

Forget to mention,

After selecting all the charts through F5 >> Special >> Objects you can also de-select ones that you don't want to make changes to by Clicking on that chart holding Ctrl key down.

thanks.


2012-12-07 13:58:00

Ajesh Barod

If your worksheet contains only Charts objects you can press F5 >> Special >> Objects.

This will select all the charts in the worksheet and then you can resize them by right clicking on any one chart (keeping all selected) and then selecting Size and Properties.


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