Oh my! Our Math teacher just gave us an assignment about our lesson on pie charts.
The problem is, he requires us to submit our completed pie chart in Google Docs.
So, how do you go about creating pie charts in Google Docs? Not to worry, as we’re here to learn how.
How to Create a Pie Chart in Google Docs
To make pie charts in Google Docs, head to the Insert tab on the menu bar first and select Charts. Select the Pie chart option next. Then, edit the pie chart’s looks and entries in Google Sheets before you select the Update button in Google Docs.
The process might sound complicated, but it’ll make perfect sense once we go through the steps later.
Google Docs Pie Charts — The Best Methods of Creating Them
For starters, you definitely can create a pie chart in Google Docs. But, the process isn’t as straightforward compared to other word processing tools.
Technically, Google Docs offers only one method of creating a pie chart from the tool.
But, I’ll show you another workaround that can help ease the process — and even allow for more customization.
Editing the Pie Chart in Google Sheets
Step 1: In the Google Docs file you opened, head to the menu bar and select the Insert tab.
Step 2: In the dropdown that appears after clicking Insert, select the Chart button.
This will then open another dropdown menu showing you the various charts you can create in Google Docs.
Select the Pie option.
Step 3: Once you click the Pie button, a sample pie chart will then appear on the document.
But, one thing you’ll notice with the pie chart is that you can’t directly edit it in Google Docs alone.
But, you definitely can change the data in Google Sheets (as they’re both part of the G Suite).
Step 4: To begin editing the data presented in the pie chart, click on it first. You’ll then see a link icon in the chart’s upper right corner.
Select the “v” icon. This will then open a dropdown menu. Choose the Open source option.
Step 5: After clicking the Open source button, a Google Sheets spreadsheet will appear in a new tab.
You can now begin editing the data of the pie chart, beginning with its title.
To proceed, just double-click the chart’s title and encode the title you want it to have.
As for the pie chart’s data, head to the table you’ll find above and enter the new values and labels accordingly.
Every new data and label you encode will automatically reflect in the pie chart.
Step 6: If you want to make your pie chart more presentable, you can customize its look.
But, you first need to double-click on the pie chart to activate the customization window on the right side of the spreadsheet.
Hence, you should customize the pie chart’s look after editing the title.
After activating the Chart editor or customization window, click the Customize tab before selecting the Chart style section.
You can now select a new background color, as well as the Font style used and the chart’s border color.
You can even tick the 3D box for a more professional look for the chart.
Step 7: But, if you want to change the slices’ colors, you’ll need to double-click on a particular slice first.
After which, head to the Pie slice section and select what color you want that particular slice to have.
Continue with this step until you’ve changed all the pie slices’ colors accordingly.
Step 8: Once you’re good with how the pie chart looks, head to the Pie chart section and click it.
You’ll then be able to place values inside of the pie slices rather than making them appear outside it by default.
To do this step, head to the Slice label section and select what kind of labeling you want to have inside the pie slices.
You can even change the text’s color to make it more visible.
Step 9: If you want to change the labeling position, head to the Legend section in the customization window.
Then click Customize before choosing what location the labels will assume in the dropdown menu that appears.
Step 10: After editing the look and the data, head back to the Google Docs file you opened and select the Update button.
You can find this Update button in the same upper-right corner where you found the link icon earlier.
And, with those ten steps, you’ve successfully created a pie chart in Google Docs.
But, if you prefer a simpler method of creating pie charts in this tool, there’s one workaround that I can show you.
Creating Pie Charts In Google Docs Through Canva
Step 1: Open a new file after logging in to your Canva account. You can opt to click the Custom size button in the Create a Design button.
You can also select the Custom size button on Canva’s homepage.
Step 2: Once you’re on the editor page, head to the Elements tab and select the Charts section. You’ll then see the various chart types that you can create within the tool.
Since we’re creating a pie chart, select the pie chart option.
Step 3: After adding a pie chart in the canvas, head to the left side panel and edit the entries in the Data section.
You can also access your Google Sheets to directly use the data there. Just head to the Add Data section and click the Google Sheets option to begin the process.
Step 4: Once you’re done entering the data, click the Settings tab.
You can then choose to use Percentages or Numbers as the labeling for the pie slices.
Just make sure to click the Show labels button to make them appear on the pie chart.
Step 5: Edit the pie slices’ colors by clicking one part of the chart. Then, head to the color picker tile in the editor toolbar and choose what hue you’ll use.
Then, change the font style of the labels by clicking the Font style button in the same editor toolbar.
Step 6: Once you’re satisfied with how your pie chart looks, click the Download button.
Make sure to select the PNG file type and tick the Transparent background option before saving the file on your device.
Step 7: Now that the Canva-created pie chart’s downloaded on your device, head back to Google Docs.
Then, select Insert on the menu bar. But, instead of selecting the Chart option, choose the Image button instead.
Select Upload from Computer for you to locate the pie chart image you downloaded earlier. Click on the image file before choosing the Open button.
And, just like that, you’ve created a pie chart in Google Docs with the help of Canva
If you want more information on creating charts through Canva, read up on how to create an infographic in Canva.
Now that we’ve discovered the 2 methods of creating a pie chart in Google Docs, which of the two will you use for your Math assignment?
Frequently Asked Questions about How to Create a Pie Chart in Google Docs
Can I edit the data and labels of my pie chart using Google Docs only?
Though you can create a chart in Google Docs, all the editing work’s done in Google Sheets. You just click the link icon found on the upper right of the pie chart to open a spreadsheet. Then, double-click on the pie chart to activate the customization window.
What other kinds of charts can I create in Google Docs aside from pie charts?
In the dropdown menu that appears after selecting the Insert tab, you can opt to create a Bar graph, Column chart, and even a Line graph. Also, you can directly insert a chart you created in Google Sheets through the From Sheets option.
How do you create a donut chart using Google Docs?
If you prefer to use a donut chart for presenting category proportions, click the Chart option under Insert. Select Pie and click on the link icon to make the Chart editor window appear. Then, select Customize before heading to the Chart style button and changing the donut value to more than 0%.
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