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How to Make a Pie Chart in Google Sheets

A Pie chart, or Pie Graphs, are used to display information as a percentage of a whole. The the entire Pie represents 100% of the value you are measuring and the data points are a piece, or percentage of that pie. Pies charts are beneficial when visualizing how much each data point contributes to the entire data set.

This tutorial will show you how to make and edit a Pie Chart in Google Sheets

How to Make a Pie Chart in Google Sheets

Step 1: Select the source data you want displayed in the Pie Chart

Use your mouse to select the data you would like to include in your Pie Chart.

Step 1: Select the data you want displayed in the Pie Chart

Step 2: Click the Insert option on the main menu, and then click the Chart Option from the submenu

Once the data is selected, click in the Insert option from the main menu. Then slect Chart from the submenu that appears.

Step 2: Click the Insert option on the main menu, and then click the Chart Option from the submenu

Once you select the Chart option, a chart will appear on the worksheet and the Chart Editor panel will appear on the right side of the worksheet. The chart type will default to the chart type that Sheets recommends for the data set selected.

A chart will appear on the Worksheet and the Chart Editor panel will appear on the right side of the worksheet

Step 3: Change the Chart type to Pie Chart.

Click the Pie Chart button from the Chart Editor - Setup Tab, then the chart will appear in the workbook.

Step 3: Change the Chart type to Pie Chart

Result: Your Pie Chart will appear on your worksheet

You will now see your Pie Chart appear in your worksheet. Now you can start adding chart elements and formatting to your chart. Continue reading for more details on adding chart elements and chart formatting.

Pie Chart


Set Chart Options from the Setup tab on the Chart Editor panel

Step 1: Double-Click on a blank area of the chart to open the Chart Editor Panel

Use the cursor to double-click on a blank area on your chart. Doing this will open the Chart Editor panel.Make sure to click on a blank area in the chart. The border around the entire chart will become highlighted. Once you see the Chart Editor panel appear on the right side of the worksheet, then you know the chart setup and customization features are accessible.

Step 1: Double-Click on a blank area of the chart to open the Chart Editor Panel

Step 2: Click on the Setup tab on the Chart Editor panel

Once the Chart Editor panel is visible, click the Setup tab to access the chart setup options.

Step 2: Click on the Setup tab on the Chart Editor panel

Step 3: Adjust the Setup Options you would like to modify on the Setup tab

Google Sheets has a number of Setup Options available to configure the data elements on your chart or graph.

Here is a list of available Setup options for Pie Charts:

  • Chart Type
  • Data Range
  • Label
  • Value
  • Switch Rows/Columns
  • Use Row as Header
  • Use Column as Label
Step 3: Adjust the Setup Options you would like to modify on the Setup tab

Each of these chart setup options can be formatted in a variety of ways. See the individual feature for available adjustments that can be made.

Customize the Pie Chart using the Customize tab on the Chart Editor panel.

Step 1: Double-Click on a blank area of the chart to open the Chart Editor Panel

Use the cursor to double-click on a blank area on your chart. Doing this will open the Chart Editor panel.Make sure to click on a blank area in the chart. The border around the entire chart will become highlighted. Once you see the Chart Editor panel appear on the right side of the worksheet, then you know the chart setup and customization features are accessible.

Step 1: Double-Click on a blank area of the chart to open the Chart Editor Panel

Step 2: Click on the Customization tab on the Chart Editor panel

Once the Chart Editor panel is visible, click the Customization tab to access the chart customization options.

Step 2: Click on the Customization tab on the Chart Editor panel

Step 3: Adjust the Customization Options you would like to modify on the Customization tab

Google Sheets has a number of customization options available to configure the visual display elements on your Pie Chart or graph.

Click the arrow for the option sub-menu that you would like to edit.

Step 3: Adjust the Customization Options you would like to modify on the Customization tab

Here is a list of available Customization options for Pie Charts:

  • Chart Style
    • Background Color
    • Font
    • Chart Border Color
    • Reset Layout
    • Maximize
    • 3D
  • Pie Chart
    • Donut Hole
    • Border Color
    • Slice Label
    • Label Font
    • Label Font Size
    • Label Format
    • Text Color
  • Pie Slice
    • Pie Slice Selector
    • Color
    • Distance from Center
  • Chart and Axis Titles
    • Title Type Selector
    • Title Text
    • Title Font
    • Title Font Size
    • Title Format
    • Title Text Color
  • Legend
    • Position
    • Legend Font
    • Legend Font Size
    • Legend Format
    • Text color

Each of these chart elements can be formatted in a variety of ways. Please see our other tutorials on how to add and format each chart element.


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