How to Make a Line Graph in Microsoft Word

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Making graphs and charts is Excel's specialty, but you don't need to switch between programs to insert a line graph into a Word 2013 document. Make the graph right from Word using the Insert Chart feature, which provides the same graphing tools as Excel itself.

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Tip

No need to rebuild a graph you've already designed in Excel: Just copy and paste a finished line chart from Excel to Word.

Step 1: Insert a Chart

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Open the Insert tab in Word and click Chart.

Step 2: Pick a Style

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Select Line and pick one of the styles to set the chart's appearance. Click OK to create a line graph.

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Warning

If you want to graph pairs of X and Y values, you need a scatter chart instead. Each line in a line chart graphs a single set of data.

Tip

Click Change Chart Type on the Design tab to change styles later.

Step 3: Build the Chart

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Edit the data in the Chart in Microsoft Word window to build the graph. Unlike creating a chart in Excel, Word starts out with a ready-made sample chart, so edit the existing series labels, categories and values in the spreadsheet to turn the sample chart into your own.

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Tip

  • You aren't limited to the number of categories and series in the sample chart. Delete rows or columns to remove them from the graph, or add more as needed.
  • Click the Excel icon on the window's title bar if you'd rather edit the data in Excel itself.

Step 4: Add Chart Elements

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Close the spreadsheet when you're finished editing the data, and then click the + icon to add or remove other chart elements, such as labels, legends, titles or gridlines.

Step 5: Edit an Existing Chart

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Right-click your chart and choose Edit Data to reopen the data spreadsheet for editing later. Changes you make to the spreadsheet take effect on the graph immediately.

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