How to Make a Bar Graph in PowerPoint

A bar graph is used to compare or track changes between the two groups over time. In a bar graph, bars of different heights are shown against different groups of data. The more the length of a bar, the more is its value. A bar graph is presented in two axes. It is easy to create a bar graph in PowerPoint.

This article is a helping guide about how to make a bar graph in PowerPoint and Edraw Max. Follow the below steps to learn the process of making a bar chart PowerPoint.

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How to Make a Bar Graph in PowerPoint

Step 1: Open a Blank Document on PowerPoint

Open a blank PowerPoint document on your computer. PowerPoint can be used as a bar graph maker.

Step 2: Select the slide in which includes the bar graph

If you want to make a bar chart PowerPoint in your presentation, go to the slide where you want to make your bar graph. Now you need to click the Insert tab from the tab bars. You can see the Insert tab in the below picture.

powerpoint insert tab

Step 3: Insert a Bar Chart

From the Insert tab, you'll see the Illustrations section, click the Chart button to insert a bar graph in PowerPoint. When you click the Chart tab, a dialogue box will open. On the dialogue box, you’ll need to select the type of chart you want to make. Here we choose the Bar chart.

insert chart window

Step 4: Make Your Own Bar Graph

Then, the bar graph will open in the PowerPoint slide. You can see the bar graph in the below picture. Now that you have opened the Graph bar, you can edit the template according to your requirements. You can edit the name of categories and add more categories as well. The values presented in the template are pre-defined, and you’ll need to change the values with your own. To edit the values, click the boxes under series columns and replace the pre-defined values with your values. From the Columns in the editor box, you can add more bar series and change the names of the series as well.

make your own bar graph

How to Make a Bar Graph in Edraw Max

Step 1

Log in to your Edraw Max account. Edraw Max is an online tool for graphics designing and can be used as an online bar graph maker. If you want to create a bar graph and don’t have an account on Edraw Max, sign up for free.

Step 2

After you log in to your account, find the New tab just below your Email address. Click the New tab, and the menu will open. From the New list, select the Graphs and Charts tab. When you click the Graphs and Charts tab, the panel will show up in the side window. 

From the Graphs and Charts menu, select the Bar tab, and some bar chart templates and Create New tab (large + sign) will appear on the below panel. You can create a bar chart using a template or make a graph chart from scratch.

edraw bar chart

Step 3

When you click a template, it opens in a new window. In the editor, you can modify the template to fit your requirements.

open a template

Step 4

If you want to change the graph type, go to the Attributes pane, and then click the Change Type option.

change chart type

If you want to change the graph type, go to the Attributes pane, and then click the Change Type option.

To edit the series and categories of the data, go to the Data pane, and an editor window will open where you can input your data. You can add more series and categories as well as edit the different values against the series and categories. 

open data pane

How to Export an Edraw Chart as a PowerPoint File

After you have created your Bar chart in Edraw Max, you can save it in different formats. If you want to save your Bar chart in PowerPoint format, it is an easy process of two steps. Follow the below steps to save your Bar chart in PowerPoint format.

Click on File in the top left corner, select Export from the drop-down menu, then choose Export to PowerPoint (.pptx), and your bar chart will be saved as a PowerPoint file to your computer. 

export bar chart

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