Excel 3-D Pie charts

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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 B) in the greatest positive light:

Pie Chart in Excel 2003

Do the following:

   1.   Select the data range (in this example A4:B9).

   2.   Select Insert -> Chart... to open the Chart Wizard dialog box:

Chart Wizard in Excel 2003

Choose the Pie type, the Pie with a 3-D visual effect sub-type and then click Next >.

   3.   In the Step 2 of Chart Wizard check the data and click the Next > button.

   4.   In the Step 3 of Chart Wizard, hide the legend in the Legend tab, in the Data Labels tab, choose the Category name and Value checkboxes and then click Next >.

   5.   In the Step 4 of Chart Wizard, click the Finish button.

   6.   Right-click in the chart area. In the popup menu select 3-D View...

   7.   In the 3-D View dialog box:

  • In Elevation type a number between 10 and 80. The default setting is 10 degrees.
  • In Rotation choose most suitable values of the chart orientation.
  • If you want to change the height of your chart, change the value in Height (% of base).
3-D View in Excel 2003

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

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