Working on your project proposal or thesis but don’t know how to jazz it up? How about inserting charts to make it look more professional?

Microsoft allows you to insert many kinds of data charts and graphs, such as column charts, line graphs, pie charts, bar charts, area graphs, scatter graphs, stock charts, surface charts, doughnut charts, bubble graphs, and radar graphs.


  • On the Inserttab, in the Illustrations group, click Chart.

  • In the Insert Chartdialog box, click the arrows to scroll through the chart types.

Select the type of chart that you want and then click OK.

When you rest the mouse pointer over any chart type, a ScreenTip displays its name.

  • Edit the data in Excel 2010. When you are finished editing your data, you can close Excel.


  • To get a good idea of what you can add to or change in your chart, under Chart Tools, click the DesignLayout, and Format tabs, and then explore the groups and options that are provided on each tab.

NOTE: If you don’t see the Chart Tools, make sure that you click anywhere inside the chart to activate it.

  • You can also access design, layout, and formatting features that are available for specific chart elements (such as chart axes or the legend) by right-clicking those chart elements.