Excel 3-D Pie Charts

This tip is about how to create a pie chart such as in popular glossy magazines.

If you want to create a pie chart that shows your company (in this example - Company A) in the greatest positive light:

Pie Chart in Excel 2016

Do the following:

    1.    Select the data range (in this example B5:C10).

    2.    On the Insert tab, in the Charts group, choose the Pie button:

Charts in Excel 2016

Choose 3-D Pie.

    3.    Right-click in the chart area. In the popup menu select Add Data Labels and then click Add Data Labels:

popup menu in Excel 2016

    4.    Click in one of labels to select all of them, then right-click and select the Format Data Labels... in the popup menu:

popup menu in Excel 2016

    5.    In Format Data Labels opened in the Format task pane, on the Label Options tab, select the Category Name checkbox:

Format Data Labels in Excel 2016

    6.    Open Format Data Series in the Format task pane:

  • In the Series Options section:
    • In the Angle of first slice move the sliding handle to the rotation degree that you want, or type a number between 0 and 360 degrees. The default setting is 0 degrees.
    • In the Pie Explosion move the sliding handle to the percentage of explosion that you want, or type a percentage between 0 and 400 in the text box. The default setting is 0%.
    Format Data Series in Excel 2016
  • In the Effects section, in the 3-D Format group make changes you want.

You can then make any other adjustments to get the look you desire.