For most 2-D charts, you can change the chart type of the whole chart to give the chart a different look, or you can select a different chart type for any single data series (data series: Related data points that are plotted in a chart. Each data series in a chart has a unique color or pattern and is represented in the chart legend. You can plot one or more data series in a chart. Pie charts have only one data series.), which turns the chart into a combination chart.
For bubble charts and most 3-D charts, you can only change the chart type of the whole chart.
Important To complete this procedure, you must have an existing chart. For more information about how to create a chart, see Create a chart.
- Do one of the following:
Note You can change the chart type of only one data series at a time. To change the chart type of more than one data series in the chart, repeat the steps of this procedure for each data series that you want to change.
Tip This displays the chart tools, adding the Design, Layout, and Format tabs.
- On the Design tab, in the Type group, click Change Chart Type.
- In the Change Chart Type dialog box, do one of the following:
- Click a chart type in the first box, and then click the chart subtype that you want to use in the second box.
For more information about the chart types that you can use, see Available chart types.
- If you saved a chart type as a template, click Templates, and then click the chart template that you want to use in the second box.
Tip If you use a specific chart type frequently when you create a chart, you may want to set that chart type as the default chart type. After you select the chart type and the chart subtype in the Change Chart Type dialog box, click Set as Default Chart.