I have previously reviewed, Create A Graph, but I have created a very simple set of instructions for creating a Pie Chart using the tool. The instructions were originally designed as a sample assignment for my technical writing students, but I decided to re-purpose the text for my blog. It’s not as much of a tutorial than a set of instructions since there aren’t many insights included below. The tool is fairly easy to figure out, so I didn’t think a whole tutorial was needed.
Creating a Pie Chart with Create A Graph Tool
The online tool, Create a Graph, allows users to easily use numerical data to generate various types of graphs. This set of instructions will focus on creating a pie graph.
- Open an Internet browser window (e.g., Firefox, Chrome, Edge).
- Access the following URL: http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/
- Click Pie from the graph type box
- Click on the radio-button to choose the type of Shading you want: Solid, Pattern, or Gradient
- Choose the Background color by clicking on the white box and then clicking a color of your choice
- Click the Data tab on the right side of the screen
- Add a Graph Title in the first box
- Add a Source if you gathered the data from a source
- Click the dropdown box to choose the number of pie slices needed for your data
- Insert text for Item Label
- Insert numerical Value for that item
- Click the dropdown box to choose a different color for the pie slice
- Repeat steps 10 – 12 for all items/values
- Click the Labels tab on the right side of the screen.
- Change the settings if you do not just want the default settings.
- Click the Preview tab on the right side of the screen
- Review the Pie Chart to make sure the colors, layout, and content are what you want
- Click the Print/Save tab on the right side of the screen
- Click Download to save the completed chart to your computer
- From the pop-up window, choose the type of file you want to save by clicking on the dropdown menu and then clicking Download
Now, you have a Pie Chart that can be inserted into a Word document, PowerPoint, or website, if you saved the chart as PNG, JPG, EMF, or EPS.