Charts and graphs can really help the audience understand data inside in your PowerPoint presentation. It's easier to show data with a single well-constructed chart than to just overwhelm the audience with raw data. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make a chart in PowerPoint by editing PowerPoint chart templates.
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Note: In this tutorial we use the PPTx Infographics Template. You can find more great PPT presentation templates on Envato Elements, on GraphicRiver, or in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.
How to Quickly Edit PowerPoint Chart Template Designs
Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that complement this video.
1. Open a PowerPoint Chart template
I've got a PowerPoint chart open in a template here. Let's get started by right-clicking on the chart and choosing Edit Data from the drop-down menu.
2. Open Excel Data View
Now you'll have an embedded Excel data sheet view where you can customize the data. Simply type over any of these numbers in the table to update it with your own data.
3. Change PowerPoint Charts Data
Now as I update the data in this Excel data sheet view the PowerPoint creative charts will react in real-time to include the data that you're adjusting in the table. This chart will resize and adjust with the updated information that you're putting into the sheet.
You can also adjust the text and headers on this chart to see that updated in the chart itself. Let's say that I wanted to totally drop one of these bars from the chart. I could just grab the handles of the selection and drag them in to exclude a group of data altogether.
It's really easy to update and customize these charts as you saw me do in this tutorial.
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