PowerPoint charts let you communicate data graphically. Use charts in PowerPoint to help see the meaning behind the numbers.
There are many other ways to customize and organize your charts. For example, PowerPoint allows you to change the chart type, rearrange a chart's data, and even change the layout and style of a chart.
If you find that your data isn't well suited to a certain chart, it's easy to switch to a new chart type. In our example, we'll change our chart from a column chart to a line chart.
Sometimes you may want to change the way charts group your data. For example, in the chart below the book sales data is grouped by genre, with lines for each month. However, we could switch the rows and columns so the chart will group the data by month, with lines for each genre. In both cases, the chart contains the same data; it's just organized differently.
We've noticed that when numerical data has been entered in the first column of the spreadsheet, switching rows and columns may cause unexpected results. One solution is to type an apostrophe before each number, which tells the spreadsheet to format it as text instead of a numerical value. For example, the year 2016 would be entered as '2016.
Predefined chart layouts allow you to modify chart elements—including chart titles, legends, and data labels—to make your chart easier to read.
To change a chart element (such as the chart title), click the element and begin typing.
Chart styles allow you to quickly modify the look and feel of your chart.
You can also use the chart formatting shortcut buttons to quickly add chart elements, change the chart style, and filter the chart data.