Creating Charts in Pages for the Mac
If you need something more visual than a table full of data, you can use charts. There are several kinds of charts, such as bar graphs, line graphs, and pie charts. You’ve also got a plethora of chart colors and styles, including customizable 3D graphics.
Creating a Basic Bar Graph
Although the different types of charts may vary greatly in appearance, the underlying controls are very similar. Therefore, learning how to make a basic bar graph will teach you what you need to know to create other charts.
Pages calls vertical bar graphs column charts and horizontal bar graphs bar charts. We’ll create a vertical column chart, but the same technique can be used to create a horizontal one.
- Create a new document. Charts work in both word processing and page layout documents, but we use a page layout document in this example.
- Click the Charts button on the toolbar.
Select the first type of chart, called a column chart.
- You should see a sample chart. Instead of starting with a blank chart, like you do with with tables, you’ll always get sample data when starting a new chart so that you have something to start with.
The Chart Data Editor should also appear as a separate window. If it does not, you can choose Format, Chart, Show Data Editor.
- To add another item to the chart, click the Add Column button.
- Add a label for that item by double-clicking the header cell in the table.
- Add data for that item.
- You’ll see a new item appear in real time as you use the Chart Data Editor.