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Pivot Chart
Use Of Pivot Chart
Pivot Chart from Scratch 
Pivot Chart from Pivot Table
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Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Pivot Charts

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MS Excel gives us many features to manipulate our data and represent them in different forms. One of them is pivot charts that we will cover in this blog.

We will learn about pivot charts and how to make charts from scratch by having a data sheet and pivot table in this blog.

Reading this blog will enhance your knowledge of MS Excel, and you will know everything about pivot tables and pivot charts.

So, don't you want to impress your boss with pivot charts? Let's directly move into the topic.

Pivot Chart

The visual representation of a pivot table is called a pivot chart in excel. The pivot table and pivot charts are connected.

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Use Of Pivot Chart

In Excel, a pivot chart is a visual representation of data. It gives you a bird's-eye view of your raw data. It gives you the ability to evaluate data using a variety of graphs and styles. It is thought to be the finest graphic to use in a corporate presentation with a lot of data.

Pivot Chart from Scratch 

All you need to create a pivot chart from scratch is a data sheet.

Select any cell from your datasheet.

Then click Insert Tab → Charts → Pivot Chart.

The pop-up box will automatically choose the complete data range, and you can then decide where you want your pivot chart to be inserted.

Click on the OK button.

In a new worksheet, you now have a blank pivot table and pivot chart.

We have four components in pivot chart fields, just as we do in a pivot table.

Axis: The axes are the same as the rows in a pivot table in a pivot chart.

Legend: The legend in a pivot chart is the same as the legend in a pivot table.

Values: Quantity is used as a measure of value.

Report Filter: To filter your pivot chart, use a report filter.

The output will look something like this-

Pivot Chart from Pivot Table

Now we will see how we can insert a pivot chart.

You can see a two-dimensional pivot table below that you can directly copy or make your own.

Now click on any cell inside the given pivot table.

In the tool group present on Analyze tab, click Pivot Chart, which will result in the appearance of the insert chart dialog box.

Now, click OK.

The pivot chart is shown below. Your supervisor will be astounded and impressed by this pivot chart.

If you change something in the pivot chart, it will be reflected in the pivot table and vice versa.


1. How can we filter pivot charts?

You can use standard filters which appear through the triangle next to order ID, item name, and category.

Click on the triangle next to order ID and select ID 1 and click on OK.

Then you will see the following output-

2. How can we change the pivot chart type?

At any point in time, we have the option to change the type of pivot chart. 

For doing so, select the chart and go to the design tab to find the Type group; click ‘Change Chart Type’.

Choose Pie and click on the OK button.

3. Why do we need to update our pivot table?

The pivot table does not automatically pick up any changes you make to the data set. To update the pivot table with the applied modifications, refresh it or change the data source.

4. How can we refresh the pivot table?

It would help if you reloaded the pivot table whenever you make any changes to the text or numbers in your data collection.

  1. Select any cell in the pivot table by clicking it.
  2. Select ‘Refresh’ from the context menu by right-clicking.

5. How can we update the source data for the pivot table?

If the size of your data collection changes due to adding or deleting rows/columns, you'll need to update the pivot table's source data.

  1. Select any cell in the pivot table by clicking it.
  2. In the Data group of the Analyze tab, click ‘Change Data Source’.

Key Takeaways

In this article we have extensively discussed the topic of Pivot Charts. Furthermore, we learnt how to represent our data in the Pivot Charts and how we can update pivot charts.

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