How to Create a Graph in Word

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If you use Microsoft Word to create reports, you may want to insert a graph so you have a visual representation of any data mentioned in your report. Creating a graph in Word takes little time. You can choose from many different graph types, and after you create one, you can edit it to include your data.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Open the Word document you want to create a graph in.

  • Click the "Insert" tab in the Word ribbon at the top of the page. You can insert numerous objects in Word here, such as sound clips, photos and graphs.

  • Look to the "Illustrations" section of the ribbon and click "Chart." A dialog box will open with many different charts and graphs you can choose from.

  • Select the graph you want to create in your Word document. Options include pie, line, bar and scatter graphs. After you select a graph to create, click "OK." The graph will appear in your document.

  • Enter labels and data for the graph in the Excel spreadsheet that opens. After you enter the data, either save the Excel spreadsheet (if you want to access it later) or close the spreadsheet; the data will appear in the graph you created.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can edit the data in the chart later by right-clicking over the chart and selecting "Edit Data."
  • Change the colors of the chart by right-clicking over the chart and selecting "Format Chart Area."

References

  • Photo Credit pie graph image by Tomislav from Fotolia.com
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