Types of Pivot Charts in Excel (7 Most Popular)

When you work on a large dataset and try to present it, the viewers get lost right after the start. Because the amount of the dataset is so big that they cannot understand it properly. In this case, the pivot chart helps a lot to project the dataset in a summarized and more definite way. In this article, we will get to know the pivot chart and the 7 most popular types of pivot charts in excel.


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What Is Pivot Chart?

To get to know the pivot chart, we must know the pivot table before. The pivot table is used to summarize the original dataset you prepare. But you cannot see all the data at once. This is where the pivot chart is required. It complements the pivot table by visualizing the summary dataset in an easier way. The Pivot Chart helps to illustrate comparisons, patterns and trends.


7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

For example, we have prepared a pivot table with the information on sales of 4 types of fruits in 5 European countries. As you can see the pivot table seems quite confusing. Therefore we need a pivot chart to explain this clearly.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

Let us now explore the 7 most popular types of pivot charts in excel based on this dataset.

1. Column Chart

The column chart is helpful for visually comparing values across a few categories over a period of time. It typically displays information based on the horizontal axis and the vertical axis.

Let’s follow the steps to create a column chart from the pivot table in excel.

  • Firstly, select the whole pivot table.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

  • Secondly, select PivotChart in the Tools section of the Pivot Table Analyze tab.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

  • After that, select Column from the Insert Chart window.
  • Here, you can see different styles of column charts. Choose any one of them.
  • Next, press OK.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

  • Finally, you can see a column chart in the workbook based on the pivot table.

Read More: Difference Between Pivot Table and Pivot Chart in Excel


2. Pie Chart

The pie chart is a fun and interesting type of pivot table. It originates from a circle and divides into several pies according to the categories of the pivot table. The data points are shown as a percentage of the whole pie. Each of the pieces changes its size accordingly. Let’s make a pie chart.

  • The process to select a pivot chart is similar to the above.
  • All you need to do is to choose the type of chart you want from the Insert Chart window.
  • Here, we are choosing a Pie chart.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

  • That’s it, we successfully made a pie chart of the pivot table.


3. Doughnut Chart

The doughnut chart is similar to the pie chart. The only difference is that it can contain more data series at once.

  • You can find the doughnut chart in the Pie chart section of the Insert Chart window.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

  • Finally, you can see the doughnut chart here.


4. Line Chart

The line chart is an ideal pivot chart to show trends of data in equal intervals, especially time differences. It also represents data evenly scaled based on the horizontal and vertical axis.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel


5. Area Chart

In case you want to visualize your pivot chart in a solid area rather than single bars or lines, the area chart can be the useful one. Apart from showing plot change over time, it also shows the relationship between parts. The area chart can be 2D or 3D as well. Here you can see an area chart based on the initial pivot table.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel


6. Bar Chart

The bar chart is apparently the opposite of the column chart as it shows the values along the horizontal axis and categories along the vertical axis. Other than that, it commonly illustrates comparisons among distinctive items.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel


7. Combo Chart

Combo Chart is a bit complex among other pivot charts. It requires two or more chart types to make the data understandable. It is mostly used for a mixed type of data such as price, volume etc. follow the steps below to create a combo chart:

  • At first, create a pivot table with two different data types like this:

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

  • Secondly, choose the Calculated Fields from Fields, Items and Sets drop-down in the Pivot Table Analyze tab.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

  • After that, add Name and Formula in the Inset Calculated Field section.
  • Press OK.

  • Now, the pivot table will look like this:

  • After this, like before, choose Combo from the Insert Chart window.

7 Most Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

  • Finally, we have our combo chart based on the pivot table.

Read More: How to Import Data into PowerPivot & Create Pivot Table/Pivot Chart


5 Less Popular Types of Pivot Charts in Excel

Here, we will discuss in short about rarely used pivot charts in excel.

1. Scatter Chart

It is mostly used to compare scientific or statistical numbers with horizontal and vertical axes. The scatter chart is helpful to change logarithmic scale, axis values, and shows information for grouped set values. Remember that, the more you insert data, the more scatter charts will be better to understand.


2. Bubble Chart

Compared to the scatter chart, the bubble chart is quite similar except for the difference of having an additional third column. It is required to show data points in the data series.


3. Surface Chart

The surface chart apparently acts as a topographic map with colors, and patterns indicating the areas of the values given.


4. Stock Chart

The stock chart is basically used to show fluctuations among the same type of data. It can be prices, temperatures, wind flow amount etc. It is targeted to show high-low variation among datasets.


5. Funnel Chart

The funnel chart is one of the few pivot charts which represent data without any axis information. It represents data as an inverted triangle with a hierarchical structure.


How to Customize Pivot Charts in Excel

After you create a pivot chart in excel it requires some editing and customization in excel. Here are some tips to do that.

  • Select the chart and you will see a Plus (+) icon that enables you to edit Chart Elements.

How to Customize Pivot Charts in Excel

  • The Brush icon below helps to edit the Style and Color of the chart.

How to Customize Pivot Charts in Excel

Read More: How to Use Pivot Chart in Excel (8 Suitable Examples)


Things to Remember

  • A pivot chart is a key metric tool to view sales, timeline, productivity and other criteria.
  • You can easily navigate negative values from the pivot chart.
  • As it directly depends on the pivot table, flexibility is bounded as the source data is fixed.

Conclusion

Concluding the article, we have learned about the pivot chart and the types of pivot charts in excel. Go through the practice book and try to create your own pivot chart. Don’t forget to leave your suggestions.


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