How to Make Charts in Google Slides

Using charts to represent your numerical or statistical data helps your audience understand everything visually at a glance. In this new Google Slides tutorial, you’ll learn how to create pie charts, bar graphs and other kinds of charts, so you’ll be able to display the information clearly and boost your presentations.

How to Create a Chart

Whenever you create a chart in Google Slides, it will link to a Google Sheets document. Having this in mind, let’s see how you can make a chart from scratch for your presentation.

  • Select the slide where you want to insert a chart.
  • Click Insert → Chart. You’ll see different options: bar, column, line and pie. There’s also an option to add a chart from an already existing Google Sheets document. Select the one that best fits your data.
Inserting a chart in Google Slides
Inserting a chart in Google Slides
  • Once you’ve added the chart, it will be inserted as an image. To edit it, click Edit in Sheets, which will appear in a pop-up in the bottom left corner.
  • As an alternative, click the Link options drop-down arrow and choose Open source. A Google Sheets document will open.
Opening the chart's worksheet
Opening the chart's worksheet
  • When you’re done modifying the data and/or the design in Google Sheets, go back to Google Slides. To apply the changes, click the Update button, located in the top right corner.
Updating the chart
Updating the chart
  • As an alternative, you can copy the chart from Google Sheets by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + C and paste it in your Google Slides presentation.
  • When pasting, you will be asked whether to link the chart to the source spreadsheet or not.
Chart linking options
Chart linking options

Editing a Chart

  • Select the chart that you want to edit in your presentation.
  • Any Google Slides chart is processed as an image. To edit it, click the Link options drop-down arrow, located in the top right corner, and choose Open source. A Google Sheets document will open.
  • Modify the data that has been generated by default. You’ll find it in the first cells.
Editing a chart's data
Editing a chart's data
  • To edit the colors of the chart or the background, select the desired element and choose a color from the panel on the right. You can also click the three vertical dots, located in the top right corner of the chart, and select Edit chart.

 

Accessing the Chart editor panel
Accessing the Chart editor panel

 

  • On the Setup tab from the Chart editor panel, you can select the data range, change the chart type, add operations and determine whether you want to use the first row as headers or not. Click the Stacking drop-down arrow to see options that allow you to modify how the data will be displayed in the chart.
Setup tab from the Chart editor panel
Setup tab from the Chart editor panel
  • On the Customize tab from the Chart editor panel, you can adjust different settings. Let’s have a look at them.
Customize tab from the Chart editor panel
Customize tab from the Chart editor panel
  • In the Chart & axis titles submenu, you can enter the title text and select its font, size, format and color. This will override the settings from the Chart style submenu, but only for the titles.
Chart & axis submenu
Chart & axis submenu
  • In the Chart style submenu, you can adjust the background color (or leave it without any color), change the font and adjust the chart border color (or leave it without color). There are also other options to turn the chart 3D, maximize it and enable the Compare mode.
Chart style submenu
Chart style submenu
  • In the Legend submenu, you can set the position of the legend and its format.
Legend submenu
Legend submenu
  • If you’re working with a bar chart, in the Series submenu you can edit the colors of the periods. There are also other options to enable the error bars and data labels.
Series submenu
Series submenu
  • If you’re working with a bar or line chart, the Horizontal axis and Vertical axis submenus will be available too. These allow you to adjust the axes of the chart and the format of the labels.
Horizontal axis and Vertical axis submenus
Horizontal axis and Vertical axis submenus
  • Finally, in the Gridlines submenu you can enable the gridlines if the chart supports this feature. You can also set how many there will be, as well as their color.
Gridlines submenu
Gridlines submenu
  • To apply the changes in your Google Slides presentation, click the Update button, located in the top right corner. You can also copy the chart from Google Sheets by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + C and paste it in your presentation.

Working with the Charts Included in Our Templates

  • Make a copy of our template in your Google Drive. Then select the slide that contains the editable chart.
Selecting an editable chart
Selecting an editable chart
  • You’ll notice that the chart is linked. Select the chart and click the link to the Google Sheets document.
Making a copy of the worksheet
Making a copy of the worksheet
  • Make a copy of the spreadsheet in your Google Drive.
  • It will open in Google Sheets, where you’ll see the charts that we’ve included in our template.
  • Once you’re done modifying the chart, copy it by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + C, go back to Google Slides and paste it.
  • You will be asked whether you want to link the chart to the source spreadsheet or not.
Chart linking options
Chart linking options