How To Change Chart Colors In Google Sheets

Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

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


Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

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