How To Change Chart Colors In Google Sheets

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change chart colors in Google Sheets.

Google Sheet Charts are a great tool for quickly presenting data in a visual format. They’re easy to set up in just a few clicks and look good, even without fussing with the settings. However, there may be times when you want to change the colors used in a chart, particularly if working with data sets that might be better represented by a different color. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to change chart colors in Google Sheets. Read on to learn how.

Insert a Chart

If you don’t already have a chart, here’s how to insert one:

Step 1

Select the data range you want to chart, including headers

Step 2

Open the Insert menu and choose Chart

Step 3

In the Chart Editor, choose the type of chart from the Chart Type dropdown and make any other desired changes

Step 4

The chart will be inserted as a floating element above the cells

Changing Chart Colors

Once you have your chart set up in Google Sheets, here’s how to change the colors:

Step 1

Select the chart and click on the 3-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner, then choose Edit Chart from the menu

Step 2

Click on the Customize tab at the top of the Chart Editor, then click on the Series section to expand it

Step 3

Click on the dropdown at the top of the Series section to open the list of options and choose the series you want to change the color of

Step 4

Under Line Color, choose the color you’d like to use for this series

Step 5

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for any additional series you’d like to color

Step 6

If you would like to change the background or border color, those options can be found by expanding the Chart Style section at the top of the Customize tab

Step 7

All chart color updates will immediately display in the chart


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In this tutorial, I covered how to change chart colors in Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.