How to Make a Pie Chart in PowerPoint

By Erica Sweeney

There are many options available for you to customize your presentation when using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. One option is to add charts and graphs, which is a great way to display data more creatively. PowerPoint's pie charts look professional, and it is easy to add and customize a pie chart.

Step 1

Open up a presentation created in PowerPoint 2007.

Step 2

Select the slide that you want to add the chart to. Use the "Slides" tab on the left side of the screen. Click on the slide to display it.

Step 3

Click on the "Insert" tab at the top of the page. Click on "Chart" in the "Illustrations" section. Click "Pie" on the left side to see a list of the different types of pie charts that are available. When you find a pie chart that you like, click on it and click OK. The pie chart will be inserted onto the slide. You will notice that PowerPoint now takes up half of the screen, and Excel takes up the other half. You will enter data for the pie chart into the Excel screen.

Step 4

Change the names of the items in the pie chart. Click in the cells in Excel and enter in your own labels for what the pie slices represent.

Step 5

Enter data into Excel. This data will be represented on the pie chart. Notice that as you enter numbers, the slices of the pie chart change size.

Step 6

Change the title on the pie chart. The chart will likely come up with a title, so to change it, just click on the existing title and enter your own. You can also change the title on the Excel worksheet.

Step 7

Close Excel once you have all of the data and labels entered into the pie chart. Once Excel is closed, PowerPoint will take up the full screen.

Step 8

Change the pie chart's colors. Click on the "Design" tab and click on the downward arrow in the "Chart Styles" section. Many different options will be displayed. Click on one of the styles and the pie chart will change.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the tools available in the Design, Layout and Format tabs that appear when a chart is created. There are many tools available in these tabs to let you customize the chart; for example, you can change the chart's color, style, layout and other aspects.