How To Make A Bar Graph On Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a bar graph on Google Docs.

How To Make A Bar Graph On Google Docs

Bar graphs are a great way to visualize data and compare values. They can be used to compare different categories or compare changes in certain metrics over time.

Google Docs makes it incredibly easy to create bar graphs in a few simple steps. You can add labels, customize colors, and add other features to make the graph more visually appealing. All Google Docs bar graphs present data by using a Google Sheets document as a data source.

In this guide, we will show you how to make a bar graph on Google Docs. We will also explain how to add your own data to the source spreadsheet and how to update your inserted bar graph. We’ll also cover how to add existing bar graphs to your document.

How to Add a Bar Graph to Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add a bar graph to Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open up a document where you want to add a bar graph.

In this example, we want to add a bar graph to our sales report document to compare quarterly performance of several different companies within our industry.

Step 2

In the Insert menu, click on Chart > Bar.

Step 3

Google Sheets will insert a bar graph with sample data into your current document.

Select the bar graph and click on the Link icon to reveal more options. Click the Open source option to access the Google Sheets document where you can adjust the values to display.

Step 4

In this example, we’ll replace our default sample data with company sales data we want to present in our report. If you want to make additional changes to the bar graph, click on the three dots icon on the top-right corner of the graph and select Edit chart.

You’ll be able to edit almost every aspect of your chart, including the color scheme, labels, and data to present.

Step 5

Once you are satisfied with the changes made to your bar graph, return to the original document. Click on the Update button on the inserted chart.

Your bar graph should now be updated to reflect the data you’ve added in the source Google Sheets document.

Step 6

If you already have a bar graph that you want to import to Google Docs, you can opt to import an existing chart instead. To do this, click Insert > Chart > From Sheets.

In the pop-up menu, search for the Google Sheets project that includes the graph you want to import.

Google Docs will list all the available graphs you can import. Select your desired bar graph and click “Import”

Ensure that the “Link to spreadsheet” option is checked to ensure your chart is updated when changes are made to the original chart.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to make a bar graph on Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!