How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel (Only Guide You Need)

Last updated on May 16th, 2018

A pie chart is made of slices which form a circularly shaped graph to represent numerical data of an analysis. Pie charts are difficult to draw as they present the relative value of some particular data as value or as a percentage in a circular graph.

With the help of Excel, the graphical analysis of pie charts has become popular and easier. In this article, I am going to demonstrate how to make a pie chart in excel.

How to Insert Data into a Pie Chart in Excel

The first condition of making a pie chart in Excel is to make a table of data. In this example, we will see the process of inserting data from a table to make a pie chart. Here we will be analyzing the attendance list of 5 months of some students in a course. The table s given below.

Now select the cells A3 to B8 and right click on your mouse and press on to Quick Analysis.

How to Insert Data into a Pie Chart in Excel

In the Quick Analysis, you will find many options to analyze your data. From there select Charts and press on to Pie.

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel

You can also insert the pie chart directly from the insert option on top of the excel worksheet. Before inserting make sure to select the data you want to analyze.

After this, you will see a pie chart is formed in your worksheet.

How to Modify/Edit the Pie Chart

To modify or edit excel pie chart you need to select the pie chart 1st. After selecting the chart, you will find 3 options just beside it. They are,

  • Chart Elements
  • Chart Styles
  • Chart Filters

By using these options, you can easily modify your pie chart.

Read More: How to Format a Pie Chart in Excel

# Adding Labels on Slices

To add labels to the slices of the pie chart do the followings.

  • 1st select the pie chart and press on to the “+” shaped button which is actually the Chart Elements option
  • Then put a tick mark on the Data Labels You will see that the data labels are inserted into the slices of your pie chart.

  • If you want different labels on your chart you can press the right arrow button just beside data labels. You will find different labeling options.

Excel Pie Chart labels on Slices

# Adding Legend to Your Pie Chart

Similarly, just like inserting labels in your chart you can also insert legend. To do this, put a tick mark on the Legend option in Data Elements and for inserting various legend option click on to the right arrow button beside the Legend option and select the legend option of your choice.

Excel Pie Chart Legend

# Customizing Style and Color of the Pie Chart

To impose different chart style and color click on to the Chart Style option. You will find 2 option after clicking that. One is the style option the other one is the color option. Suppose you want to show the numbers on your chart with the legend. Use the drop-down option there to find that and select that style for applying in your chart.

Excel Pie Chart Style

Now let’s go to the color option. You can choose various color option along with the monochromic colors.

Excel Pie Chart Color

# Using the Chart Filter to Filer Your Pie Chart

You can filter your chart anytime by using the Chart Filters option. This feature allows you to analyze your chart deeply. Suppose in your chart you don’t require a data now. You can simply remove the selection using this Chart Filter option to obtain a new pie chart with the rest of the data. See the following picture for a better understanding.

Excel Chart Filter

After removing the tick mark from the category press on the apply button to proceed the filter option.

Excel Chart Filter

As you can see the chart is automatically modified after performing the filter option.

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Edit a Pie Chart Using the Chart Tools

You can simply do the above things by also using the Chart Tools toolbar in Excel. It`s a direct approach to edit your chart where you can find all the options that you want. Just click on to your chart and on top of your Excel worksheet click on to the Design option under Chart Tools.

Excel Chart Tools

More Editing options

In every Chart Elements option, you will find More Options just after clicking the right arrow button. Excel allows you to edit your chart like the way you want with this option.

After clicking this option, you will get to see a window opens up on the right side of your worksheet. Here we opened the Format Data Labels option as we select the More Options from Data labels.

To select the other format options, click on to the drop-down button of the Label Options.

Here we select Legend so a new window will come up name Format Legend. This is how you can choose the format options.

Note: You can find this formatting options by right-clicking the mouse button on to the chart area or in the slices of the pie chart.

Read More: How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel with Percentages

How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel with Percentages

Let`s move on to a new example where we will be working with percentages. In this example, we have some students who will be voting for their favorite indoor game. The table which contains the whole information is given below.

We will make a pie chart of the information given in the table. This chart will give us the information regarding the percentages of the vote of the students. Make a simple pie chart first by following the steps that I discussed in the beginning.

There are two ways of inserting percentages in your pie chart. Follow whichever process you like.

# Formatting Data Labels of the Pie Chart

To do this select the More Options from Data labels under the Chart Elements or by selecting the chart right click on to the mouse button and select Format Data Labels.

Formatting Data Labels

This will open up the Format Data Label option on the right side of your worksheet. Click on to the percentage. If you want the value with the percentage click on both and close it.

Format Data Labels

After this, you will see the percentage amount in each slice of your pie chart along with the values.

# Using the Chart Style Option

You can also use the chart style option to insert the percentages directly. To do this just click on the Style option under Chart Styles and move on the drop-down option to see the style with percentages.

How to Explode a Pie Chart in Excel

You can pull out the slices of your pie chart in Excel. It`s an interesting fact but many of us don`t know that. The explosion occurs within a radius. Within this radius, you can move your slices.

# Separating Every Slice

The below pictures show the explosion of each and every slice.

How to Explode a Pie Chart in Excel

# Pull Out Single/Multiple Slice

If you want to pull out single or multiple slices just select those slices individually and drag them outwards from the pie chart.

How to Explode a Pie Chart in Excel

How to Make a Pie Chart with Subcategories

You can add additional pie/bar chart with your pie chart in Excel. This option is useful when you have too many data in your analysis and you want some of your data to be categorized under a single data. There are two subcategories of Excel Pie chart. These subcategories are explained below.

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# Excel Pie of Pie Chart

  • To make this, Under the Chart option of the Insert toolbar select the Pie of Pie.

How to Make a Pie Chart with Subcategories

  • The chart may not contain the labels and legends. It`s better to give them for better understanding the chart.

Excel Pie of Pie Chart

# Excel Bar of Pie Chart

  • To make this, Under the Chart option of the Insert toolbar select the Bar of Pie.

How to Make a Pie Chart with Subcategories

  • Again, if the chart label and legends are not assigned, assign them and proceed.

Excel Bar of Pie Chart

# Data Categories for the Secondary Chart (Percentage Value)

You may have questions that, can be categorized the secondary chart of our own? The answer is yes. Just follow the below steps and you will get to know how.

  • Select Format Data Series by right-clicking any slice of the chart.
  • In the Format Data Series window, you will see there are 4 options available in the Split Series By drop-down list.

Excel Format Data Series

  • Here choosing the percentage value is the best choice but you can also choose other options.
  • We want the values which are less than 20% to be categorized together so we choose Value Less Than 20%

If we follow this steps for both the charts the charts will look like the pictures below.

Excel Pie of Pie Chart

Excel Bar of Pie Chart

Read More: How to Make a Pie Chart in Excel [Video Tutorial]

# Data Categories for the Secondary Chart (Custom)

Splitting the secondary chart with custom option may be confusing for some people. For clarifying your confusion, we will be using the custom option for splitting.

  • Select Format Data Series by right-clicking any slice of the chart.
  • In the Format Data Series window, select Custom option in the Split Series By drop-down list.

  • Here the Chess (no. of vote-18) and Darts (no. of vote-12) have been chosen as the secondary chart slices. Let’s say we want to choose Carrom (no of vote-28) instead of Darts.
  • To do this first click on the Carrom slice and select the Second Plot option under the Point Belongs to drop-down option.

Excel Format Data Series

  • After doing this the secondary chart will look like the picture below.

  • Now to remove Dart from the secondary chart select the Dart slice and select the First Plot option under the Point Belongs to drop-down option.

  • After doing this your chart will look like the picture below.

Conclusion

Hope after reading this article you will not face any difficulties with the pie chart. This article covers all the necessary things regarding Excel Pie Chart. Stay tuned for more useful articles.

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