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How to Quickly Edit Creative Chart Template Designs in PowerPoint

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This post is part of a series called How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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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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NoteIn 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

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You can edit PowerPoint charts.

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

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To change PowerPoint Charts data, start by opening an Excel data sheet 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

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As you change the data in the Excel data sheet view, the creative charts will automatically adjust to the new 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. 

Finishing Up!

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You've just learned how to make a chart in PowerPoint.

It's really easy to update and customize these charts as you saw me do in this tutorial.

More Envato Tuts+ PowerPoint Presentation Tutorials

Learn more in our PowerPoint tutorials and  quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We've got an assortment of PowerPoint material to help you work better with images in your presentations:

You can also find great PowerPoint PowerPoint chart templates with premium designs on Envato Elements or GraphicRiver. Or browse through our selection of the best PowerPoint chart templates:

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