Use the Insert > Chart menu in Google Docs to insert a chart. You can choose from a variety of chart types: bar, column, line, and pie. The chart will appear with sample data and you will be able to edit the chart data in the connected Google Sheet.
If you want a chart in your report, proposal, or research paper, you can create one right in Google Docs. No need to worry about making one somewhere else and embedding it. Just insert your chart and add your data.
When you create a chart in Google Docs, you’re directed to a Google Sheet to replace the sample data with your own. You can then customize the chart to look and feel the way you want. Head back to Google Docs and your chart is ready to update.
Insert a chart in Google Docs
Visit Google Docs, sign in, and open a new or existing document.
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Go to the Insert tab and move the cursor to “Chart”. You can then choose to add a bar chart, column chart, line chart, or pie chart. Note that you can also add a chart that you’ve already created in Google Sheets.
The chart you select will appear in your document with sample data. You’ll see a short message at the bottom left of Google Docs with a link to edit the chart in Google Sheets. Click “Edit in Sheets” to do so.
If the message disappears before you can click the link, select the arrow in the top right corner of the graphic and choose “Open Source.”
Edit and add chart data in Google Sheets
When the connected spreadsheet opens in Google Sheets, you’ll see the data and the chart. You can then replace the sample chart data on the sheet with your own. The chart then updates automatically.
You can work with the data and chart in Google Sheets as if you had created it there initially. For example, you might want to add another series to a bar chart or more pieces to a pie chart.
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Use the area in the spreadsheet to edit and add data. To include new columns or rows in the chart, double click on the chart or select the three-dot menu at the top right and choose “Edit Chart”.
When the Graph Editor sidebar opens, go to the Settings tab. You can adjust the cells in the Data Range field as needed. Then use the Series section to include the additional series on your chart.
Customize chart elements and appearance
You may want to change the chart colors, add a title, or display grid lines. Open the Graph Editor sidebar and select the Customize tab.
You can then expand each of the sections to customize your chart. Use the Chart Style area to adjust the colors, the Chart Titles and Axes section to change the title and font, and the Grid Lines and Marks section to change those items.
Your changes are automatically saved like any other document in the Google app.
Update chart in Google Docs
When you’re done updating your chart in Google Sheets, return to your Google Docs document. You will see a Refresh button at the top right of the chart.
Click “Update” to display the changes you made to the chart in Google Sheets.
In the future, you can make additional updates to your chart as needed. Select the arrow at the top right of the graph and select “Open Source”. Make your changes in Google Sheets as you did initially, return to Google Docs and click “Update” on the chart.
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Embedding a chart in Google Docs is a great way to show a picture of the data you’re explaining. For more information, see how to add flowcharts and diagrams or how to embed a Google Forms responsive chart in Google Docs.