How to Insert a Chart in Microsoft Excel

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In Brief...

You can insert a chart into an Excel workbook in just a few simple steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Excel: 2010, 2013, and 2016.

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  1. Select the data you wish to display. If Excel recognizes your data as being a list, you can select any cell within the list.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, select the type of chart you wish to insert by clicking on it.
    Chart Types

  3. Select a specific chart. The following image shows the charts available if you click the Insert Column or Bar Chart command.
    Columns and Bar Charts

You can easily resize charts, as well as graphs, by clicking and dragging one of the resize handles at the edges of the chart or graph. Hover the cursor over the handle until it turns into a two-sided arrow.
Two-sided Arros

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