How to Create Animated Pie Charts in PowerPoint

By Tricia Goss

While informative, static pie charts are rarely exciting.
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The ability to incorporate elements of other Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel charts and graphs, into your business presentations is one of the benefits that sets PowerPoint apart from other slideshow applications. Inserting a pie chart is easy, but if you want to make your presentation a bit more interesting, you can animate the chart. In fact, you can add animation to the entire pie chart or animate "slices" one at a time.

Start PowerPoint and open your presentation. Select the slide on which you want to create an animated pie chart.

Select the "Insert" tab and click "Chart" in the Illustrations group. Choose "Pie" in the list of chart types. Click on the specific sub-type of pie chart you want to use and click "OK." PowerPoint adds a chart to the slide and an Excel worksheet opens as well. Enter the data for the chart in the spreadsheet and close the Excel window.

Add an existing Excel chart into the presentation instead, if you choose. Open the Excel file containing the chart and click on the chart to select it. Press "Ctrl-C" to copy the chart. Open the PowerPoint presentation and click on the slide where you want to insert the chart. Press "Ctrl-V" to paste it. Choose "Keep Source Formatting & Link Data" to retain the formatting from Excel or choose "Use Destination Theme & Link Data" to apply formatting from the presentation.

Click on the pie chart and select the "Animations" tab of the ribbon. Click the drop-down arrow on the Animation Effects gallery in the Animation group and choose the effect you want to apply to the chart or click "More Effects" to select from other options.

Click "Animation Pane" in the Advanced Animation group. Click the drop-down arrow next to the animation you added to the pie chart and select "Effect Options." Click the "Chart Animation" tab.

Choose "As One Object" in the Group Chart list to animate the pie chart as a whole. Select "By Category" to animate elements, or "slices," individually. Click "OK" to apply and preview the animation.