How to Transform a Table into a Chart in Microsoft Word

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How to Transform a Table into a Chart in Microsoft Word

If you use Microsoft Excel, you probably know that you can easily turn tables into charts, but did you know that Word offers a similar capability? Discover how to transform a table into a graph and how to customize the chart to suite your taste, all within a Word document.

Microsoft Excel is well-known for its ability to turn tables into charts, but many people are unaware that Microsoft Word offers a similar capability. This feature can save you time. For example, if you are writing a business report and want to turn a table of quarterly earnings into a graph, you do not have to waste time entering the data in Excel for the conversion. Instead, you can have Word make the transformation. Once the chart is created, you can easily customize it.

How to Convert a Table into a Chart

The feature that lets you transform tables into charts is available in Word 2003 and later versions. Here is how to use this feature in Word 2016:

  1. Highlight the table.
  2. Select the “Insert” tab on the ribbon.
  3. Click “Object” in the Text group, which is on the right side.
  4. Click “Object” from the drop-down menu that appears.
  5. In the “Object types” list, choose “Microsoft Graph Chart”. (You will need to scroll down.)
  6. Click “OK”.

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