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How to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart (With Easy Steps)

In this article, we will learn to create curved labels in an Excel doughnut chart. Doughnut charts are used to represent a ‘part-to-whole’ relationship. All the parts together form 100 %. Unfortunately, you can not create curved labels in a doughnut chart. By default, the labels are expressed in a straight line. But we can take the help of WordArt to create curved labels in doughnut charts. Today, we will demonstrate step-by-step procedures to create curved labels in an Excel doughnut chart. So, without any delay, let’s start the discussion.


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Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

To explain the steps, we will use a dataset that contains information on the Sales Amount of the first six months of a company. We will plot these data on a doughnut chart and create curved labels with the help of WordArt.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart


STEP 1: Create Doughnut Chart in Excel

  • Firstly, we need to create a doughnut chart using the data we have.
  • In order to do that, select all the cells of your dataset.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

  • After that, go to the Insert tab and click on Insert Pie or Doughnut Chart icon. A drop-down menu will occur.
  • Select the Doughnut Chart from there.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

  • As a result, the Sales Amount chart will appear on the excel sheet.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

  • Now, if you check the Data Labels option, then the Data Labels will appear like the picture below.
  • You can see the Data Labels are in straight lines.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

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STEP 2: Deselect Data Labels in Doughnut Chart

  • Secondly, if the Doughnut Chart contains Straight Data Labels, then select the chart, and a plus (+) sign will appear.
  • Then, click on the plus (+) sign and deselect or uncheck the Data Labels option.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart


STEP 3: Insert Data Labels Using WordArt

  • Thirdly, navigate to the Insert tab and click on the WordArt option. A drop-down menu will appear.
  • Select any text format you want to use. We have selected the white text with a blue outline format.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

  • After that, a box with the message ‘Your text here’ will appear.
  • We will insert the Data Labels here.
  • We have typed January in the ‘Your text here’ section.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart


STEP 4: Resize Font Size

  • After typing the first Data Label January’, we need to resize the font size.
  • To do so, rightclick on the font and select Font from the Context Menu.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

  • Now, set the font size to 18. You can choose a size according to your Data Labels length.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

  • Then, click OK to proceed.

Step-by-Step Procedures to Create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart

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STEP 5: Change Data Label Effects

  • In step 5, select the Data Label and go to the Shape Format tab.
  • Select Text Effects and then, select the Transform option. A drop-down menu will appear.
  • Click on the Arch icon.

  • As a result, the Data Label will look like the picture below.

  • After that, put the Data Label on the specific part of the doughnut chart and change its rotation using the Plot Area button.

  • After changing the rotation, click anywhere in the excel sheet and you will see results like the screenshot below.


STEP 6: Repeat above Steps

  • Unfortunately, there is no automatic option in excel to repeat the same formatting for the other Data Labels.
  • You can copy-paste the first data label and change its text.
  • Then, change its rotation like the previous step.
  • You can see the second Data Label in the doughnut chart.


Final Output

  • Finally, after completing all steps for each Data Label, the final output will be like the picture below.
  • You may think some Data Labels are still straight. But it is not actually correct.
  • It happens because the text length of the Data Labels is small.
  • You will see the curve for bigger text lengths.


Conclusion

In this article, we have demonstrated step-by-step procedures to create Curved Labels in Excel Doughnut Chart. I hope this article will help you to perform your tasks easily. Moreover, we have also added the practice book at the beginning of the article. Furthermore, you can download it to test your skills. Visit the ExcelDemy website for more articles like this. Last of all, if you have any suggestions or queries, feel free to ask in the comment section below.


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Hi there! This is Mursalin. I am an Excel and VBA content developer at ExcelDemy. I am always motivated to gather knowledge from different sources and find solutions to problems in easier ways. I am currently working and doing research on Microsoft Excel. Here I will be posting articles related to Microsoft Excel.

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