Moving, Resizing, and Deleting Charts

Excel charts let you illustrate your workbook data graphically to see trends. Learn how to move, resize, and delete charts in Excel as well.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Delete a chart
  • Move a chart
  • Resize a chart

Deleting a chart

If you make a mistake inserting a chart—or if you would like to remove it from your document—use the Delete key on your keyboard.

To delete a chart:

  • Click the white space anywhere on your chart to show the selection box.
  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

chart showing selection box

Important Point If you are having difficulty deleting a chart, click the worksheet outside of the chart. Now you should be able to select and delete the chart.

Moving a chart

The easiest way to move a chart is to drag it around the worksheet.

To move a chart:

  • Click the white space anywhere on your chart.
  • Use the cursor to drag your chart anywhere on the worksheet.

chart with selection box and move cursor labeled

Resizing a chart

Sometimes a chart will not fit on a worksheet. Excel makes it easy to make a chart smaller (or larger).

Resizing a chart:

  • Click the white space anywhere on your chart.
  • Use the grab handles to resize the chart.

chart showing grab handles and resize cursor labeled

Challenge!

  • Create a chart and practice the following:
    • Move your chart.
    • Resize your chart.
    • Delete your chart.