Tip: Make a Pie Chart with PowerPoint in 5 Minutes - for macOS

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Go from nothing to an elegant PowerPoint Pie Chart in about 5 minutes! This Apple macOS tutorial will get you started no matter what skills you possess.

Mac only!  See the matching course for Windows.


In this tutorial, Les from Power Up Training shows how to create a professional-looking pie chart in under five minutes using PowerPoint for Mac. Les demonstrates two methods of creating a chart, both of which give the same results, and explains how to enter data in the Excel spreadsheet and edit the chart if needed. Les also explores the Quick Layout options and shows how to customize the chart design, including changing colors and fonts. Finally, Les shares tips for changing the chart title and recommends selecting the design theme before making individual slide changes.

This tutorial provides a quick and easy-to-follow guide for creating a basic pie chart in PowerPoint for Mac. Les’s clear explanations and visual demonstrations make it accessible for beginners, and the tutorial’s length of under five minutes makes it ideal for those with limited time. Les also provides additional resources for advanced pie chart tutorials and further exploration of different chart options. Overall, this tutorial is a helpful tool for anyone looking to create a professional-looking chart in PowerPoint.



0:43 Start with 2 Methods to Add a Pie Chart
1:30 Adding or Replacing Data
2:12 Fixing Spelling and Data Mistakes
3:14 Enhancing Pie Chart with Magic
4:39 Changing Chart Color
5:32 Chart Title: Keep or Drop?
5:55 Finish the Project


Subject Microsoft PowerPoint

Software Compatibility Mac Only


Course Completed

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Let’s create an amazing pie chart in under five minutes. Hi, this is Les from Power Up Training, where I share my decades of corporate experience with you for free. This tutorial is designed for the Mac version of PowerPoint. If you’re using a Windows version, look for the link above. That covers the same topic. But just for Windows, do stay tuned to the end to learn about our advance PowerPoint pie chart tutorial. When I say go, you’re gonna learn how to build this pie chart from nothing to success in five minutes. So Let’s power up and go. Starting on a blank slide, there are two methods to get a chart the first technique, go to the insert Ribbon Menu, click the Chart action icon drop down menu and select pie. We’re going to start with a standard 2d Pie, click and done. It’s that easy. But let me close down the data entry sheet and delete the chart. So I can show you the second method in the slide placeholder find the very small chart icon and click and again, choose pie and the first design choice. Both techniques give you the same results. A sample chart with a pop up data entry screen. That’s really Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. You could replace the data inside the let me erase it so that I can show you the different choices out there. It’s important to put the title in the cell B2, and the description labels in column A. Then follow up and put the numbers in column B. For the labels and the number, the order you type in the data does not matter. But do see that as I type the numbers, the chart starts to build out. When done, click the top left corner red dot of The data Excel sheet. Don’t worry, all the data is saved inside the PowerPoint file. But when I proofread my work, I see two problems. I misspelled car with two R’s, and our entertainment category is missing. So with the chart selected, I click Chart Design Menu and the Edit Data action icon. Back in the Excel sheet, and I can now fix my spelling error, the legend automatically gets updated. And now to capture the entertainment element, I need to go back into PowerPoint and click the Select Data. This Select Data Source menu looks very complex more than needed. Ignore all the entry boxes. When it is live. Just go back to the Excel Data Sheet reselect all the data, title, labels and numbers. Click OK. And now our last row of entertainment is added to the chart. There’s our pie chart created in two minutes. But it’s not pretty yet. Make sure the chart is selected, then click Chart design and go to the left so as to explore Quick Layout. Here, PowerPoint has given us some visual clues of a variety of different combinations, we can choose to have the percentages displayed inside each pie piece, or the location of the legend could be top or right or bottom or the legend titles inside of each of the pie slices. Pick what works for you, and PowerPoint does all the work for you. I’m gonna go with showing both the labels and the percentage inside the chart for quick identifications. I want to customize it even more specifically, I don’t like the labels inside. Now start to experiment with the chart designs. It’s important to know that these design offerings will change based on the existing chart. Meaning that if I had earlier elected only show the percentages and not the labels, that all the chart design choices would only be with percentages. So choose the Quick Layout first, and then you can go back and refine your choices.

Let’s go with the choice of moving the label and the percentages outside the slices to make them more readable. Next, we’re going to add a final touch of color. Click the change colors and get a wider variety of color coordinated choices, including some for a monochrome look. Let me go with the distinctive warm color collection. For my demo chart, a font choice is weak. But here’s both A tip and a warning. These color and font choices are dependent upon the slide design theme. Change the theme, and the chart colors and fonts change will also follow. Watch as I tried on a few different design themes, which will impact the whole presentation. So maybe you should pick the design theme first for the overall presentation before changing the individual Slides. See our whole masterclass series on building PowerPoint presentations. Last the chart title. To change it, just click once. Click again. To get the flashing insert i-beam cursor to add in your own text. Or if you choose to delete the title box, the chart will automatically resize then put the title on the slide title to better introduce the slide if it is the main item of focus. So there you go from zero to GREAT in under five minutes. Next up is our advanced pie chart tutorial. Or check out the 27 different pie chart video to go beyond just the pie chart. Until next time, Go Power Up!