How to Make Pie Chart Slices in Microsoft Word

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How to Make Pie Chart Slices in Microsoft Word
You can make a pie chart from a Word table or by altering another type of chart. (clipboard with piechart 15 image by chrisharvey from

A pie chart is used to view your data graphically. When you create a pie chart in Microsoft Word, the data is displayed in Microsoft Graph. You can make the pie chart from a Word table or by altering another type of chart. The chart slices are the elements within your chart based on the data in a table. You can customise the slices of a pie chart by changing their colour, border and location within your chart.

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  1. 1

    Open the document you want to edit in Microsoft Word.

  2. 2

    Select the table containing the data you want to chart. Then click on "Insert," "Picture" and "Chart" in the toolbar. A chart will be added to your page and you will be directed to Microsoft Graph.

  3. 3

    Select "Chart" and "Chart Type" from the toolbar in Microsoft Graph. The "Chart Type" dialogue box will open.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Standard Type" tab and choose "Pie" for the "Chart Type." Select the specific chart style from the "Chart subtype" section, then click "OK."

  5. 5

    Double-click on a slice of your pie chart slowly. (Make sure the actual slice, not the entire chart, is selected). The "Format Data Point" dialogue box will open.

  6. 6

    Select the "Patterns" tab. Then choose the border you want your chart to have from the "Border" section. To give the slice a shadow, add a check-mark to "Shadow." To change the colour of a slice, select a colour from the "Area" section or click on "Fill Effects."

  7. 7

    Click on the "Data Labels" tab to add labels to your pie chart. Add a checkmark to the labels you want, such as "Series name," "Category name," "Value" or "Percentage." To include a legend key or leader lines, checkmark "Legend key" and "Show leader lines." Then click on "OK."

  8. 8

    Move a pie slice to a different area of the chart by selecting it. Then drag it where you want it to go.

Tips and warnings

  • Clicking outside the pie chart will take you back to your Word document. Double-clicking on the chart will take you to Microsoft Graph, where you can edit the chart.

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