How to Make a Graph That You Can Copy and Paste


While there are many types of graphing utilities available for the computer, many come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there is a wide selection of graph makers available online, where you can create colorful, accurate charts and share them by copying and pasting the graphs into a document of your choice. Whether your desire is to build a line graph, pie chart, or bar graph, there's a chart creation site to fit your needs.

  • Create a graph at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) website. Once you have entered the data in the "Data" tab (located on the right hand side), click the "Print/Save" tab and enter your email address in the "Email this graph to" box. Check the "HTML" radio button, then click "Send." An email will be dispatched to your email address. Open the email, right click on the picture and then choose "Copy." Your graph is ready for pasting into the application of your choice.

  • Make a graph on the Chart Tools website. There are several tabs at the top that can guide you in your chart creation, including the "Data" tab, which is where you enter your X values and Y Values. Click on the "Save and Share" tab once you have completed your graph. You can download your graph as a jpg, png, pdf or csv. Once you have downloaded the graph, double click on the downloaded image: it will open up in your default image handling app (for example, Windows Picture and Fax Viewer). Then it will be ready to copy and paste.

  • Try the pie chart maker at The Step by Step instructions guide you through chart creation from start to finish. Enter the number of sections, section names and amount (number of items in the group), then click "Make Chart." Right click on the pie chart to copy it.

Tips & Warnings

  • The most impressive graphs are ones that have relatively few categories or data points. Limit your categories to 20 when making categorical charts (like pie charts and bar graphs) and to about 20 data points when drawing line graphs that will be transferred to a word processing program.

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