Pages - Adding a New Chart and Entering Your Data

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Adding a New Chart and Entering Your Data

When you first create a chart, it appears on the page with placeholder data in the
Chart Data Editor. As you replace the placeholder data, the chart is immediately
updated to reflect your own data.

Charts can be added inline with text or floating on the page.

To create a new chart from your data:


Place a chart on the page by doing any of the following:

To add an inline chart in a word processing document, click Charts in the


toolbar and choose a chart type from the pop-up menu. Or choose
Insert > Chart > chart type.
In a word processing document, you can convert an inline chart to a floating chart
and vice versa. Select the chart you wish to convert, and click the Inline or Floating
button in the format bar.
In a page layout document, charts are floating. For more information about using
inline and floating objects, see “What Are Floating and Inline Objects?” on page 137.
Draw a chart on the page by holding down the Option key as you click Charts in the


toolbar, and then choosing a chart. Release the Option key and move the pointer
over the page until it becomes a crosshair. Drag across the page to create a chart
that’s the size you want. To constrain the chart’s proportions, hold down the Shift
key as you drag.

A chart appears on the page, which you can drag to move and resize, and the Chart
Data Editor opens, filled with placeholder data. The Chart Data Editor is a window
containing an editable table. This table doesn’t appear on your page, but you use it to
enter your own data for the chart you’ve created.

These squares indicate

which color represents

each data series.


To enter your data into the Chart Data Editor, do any of the following:


To edit the labels of rows and columns, double-click a label, and then type.


To add or edit the number in a cell, double-click it, and then type.


To reorder rows or columns, drag a row or column label to a new position.

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To add rows or columns, click Add Row or Add Column to place a row above the
selected row or a column to the left of the selected column. If no row or column is
selected, the new row or column appears at the bottom or right edge of the table.
(To see the new row or column, you may have to press the Return key or the Tab
key, expand the Chart Data Editor window, or scroll.)
Alternatively, select any blank cell, type your data, and then press Return. A new row
or column is automatically created.


To delete rows or columns, select the row or column label, and then press Delete.


To copy data from Excel, AppleWorks, or other spreadsheet applications, copy and paste
it into the Chart Data Editor.


To choose whether the chart’s data series are represented by rows or columns, click

the “Row vs. Column” button in the Chart Data Editor.

This button makes the
rows of data in the Chart
Data Editor the data series.

This button makes the
columns of data in the Chart
Data Editor the data series.

To learn how to

Go to

Change a chart’s type

“Changing a Chart from One Type to Another” on
page 226

Edit a chart using the Chart Data Editor

“Editing Data in an Existing Chart” on page 227

Copy and paste a Numbers chart into a
Pages document

“Updating a Chart Copied from a Numbers
Document” on page 227