How to Save an Excel Chart as an Image in Excel 2010

Last updated: January 12, 2017

While Excel 2010’s default use is as a means for storing, sorting and comparing data, there are many other functions which it can perform admirably. One function for which it is very useful is creating charts from specific ranges of data that you have entered into a spreadsheet or workbook. This allows you to create a visual representation of your data that can make it simpler for your audience to understand all of the information that you are presenting to them.

But if you just want to share a chart that you have created, you might think that you need to share the entire Excel file. Fortunately it is possible to save an Excel 2010 chart as a JPG file, which gives you a lot of freedom concerning ways that the chart can then be used.


Excel – Save Chart as Image

While there are simple ways to copy and paste data between different Microsoft Office programs, there are certain ways that they can work together that you may not have considered. For example, it is possible to create a chart in Excel from a certain range of data, then you can create a JPG image from that data which can be inserted into a Powerpoint presentation or a Word document. So continue reading below to learn the process necessary to save your chart as a picture.

Step 1: Open the Excel workbook containing the chart which you want to save as a JPEG picture.

Step 2: Click the tab for the sheet at the bottom of the window that contains the chart.

select excel sheet


Step 3: Right-click the chart, then click Copy.

how to save excel chart as jpg


Step 4: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of your screen, click inside the search box, type paint, then press Enter on your keyboard.

open paint application


Step 5: Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the copied chart on to the canvas.

Step 6: Click the Paint tab at the top-left corner of the window, then click the Save option.

save in paint


Step 7: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Save as type, then click the JPEG option.

choose jpeg file type in paint


Step 8: Choose a location on your computer for the JPEG file, type a name for the file into the File name field, then click the Save button.


Summary – How to save an Excel chart as an image

  1. Right-click on the chart, then click Copy.
  2. Open an image-editing program, like Microsoft Paint.
  3. Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard, or right-click on the canvas to paste the image.
  4. Click the Save button.
  5. Select an image format, such as JPEG or PNG, then click the Save button.


Now that you have created the JPEG file, you will be able to use it at any point in the future when you want to insert the chart into a document or presentation. newsletter

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