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Make a Pie Chart Online with Plotly and Excel

Pie Charts with Plotly

Step 1

Upload your Excel data to Plotly's grid

Open the data file for this tutorial in Excel. You can download the file here in CSV format

Excel view

Step 2

Head to Plotly

Head to Plotly's Workspace and sign into your free Plotly account. Go to 'Import', click 'Upload a file', then choose your Excel file to upload. Your Excel file will now open in Plotly's grid. For more about Plotly's grid, see this tutorial

Import data

Step 3

Creating the Chart

After importing the data, select the 'pie charts' option from 'Choose Plot Type' dropdown.

Select bar chart from menu

Select the label and values as shown in the figure below, and then click on the 'Pie Chart' button to create the plot

Select data shape

This will create the pie chart. To change the background color, go to 'Layout' popover, and select the suitable 'Margin Color' from margins tab.

Raw chart

Step 4

Export & Share

The final chart should look like the one below.

Final Chart

Download an image of your Plotly graph by clicking EXPORT on the toolbar.


To add the chart inside an excel sheet, click where you want to insert the picture inside Excel. On the INSERT tab inside Excel, in the ILLUSTRATIONS group, click PICTURE. Locate the Plotly graph image that you downloaded and then double-click it. Notice that we also copy-pasted the Plotly graph link in a cell for easy access to the interactive Plotly version.

Insert Plot in Excel

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