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Create a PivotChart

Sometimes it's hard to see the big picture when your raw data hasn’t been summarized. Your first instinct may be to create a PivotTable, but not everyone can look at numbers in a table and quickly see what's going on. PivotCharts are a great way to add data visualizations to your data.

Household expense data

Corresponding PivotChart

Sample household expense data to create a PivotTable with Months, Categories and Amounts

Example of an Excel PivotChart

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Create a PivotChart

  1. Select a cell in your table.

  2. Select Insert > PivotChart PivotChart option on the ribbon.

  3. Select OK.

Create a chart from a PivotTable

  1. Select a cell in your table.

  2. Select PivotTable Tools > Analyze > PivotChart PivotChart option on the ribbon.

  3. Select a chart.

  4. Select OK.

To create a PivotChart on the Mac, you need to create a PivotTable first, and then insert a chart. Once that is done, the chart will behave like a PivotChart if you change the fields in the PivotTable Fields list. 

  1. Create a PivotTable if you don't have one already. 

  2. Select any cell within the PivotTable.

  3. On the Insert tab, click a button to insert either a column, line, pie, or radar chart. Please note that other types of charts do not work with PivotTables at this time. For example, treemap charts, statistical charts, and combo charts do not work with PivotTables yet.

  4. After you insert a column, line, pie, or radar chart, you can pivot it by changing or moving fields using the PivotTable Fields list.

  5. You can also filter data in a PivotTable, and use slicers. When you do that, the chart will also be filtered.

To create a PivotChart in Excel for the web, you will first need to create a PivotTable. To do that, see Create a PivotTable to analyze worksheet data.

  1. Select a cell in your PivotTable.

  2. On the Insert tab, select the Insert Chart dropdown menu, and then click any chart option.

    The chart will now appear in the worksheet. When you click anywhere in the chart, the Chart tab appears in the ribbon. You can use any of the options in the Chart tab to modify the chart.

See Also

Add axis titles to a chart

Change axis labels in a chart

Need more help?

You can always ask an expert in the Excel Tech Community or get support in the Answers community.

See Also

Create a PivotTable

Use the Field List to arrange fields in a PivotTable

Use slicers to filter data

Create a PivotTable timeline to filter dates

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