Most analytical presentations and slideshows are incomplete without graphics and diagrams. These small illustrations give a visual representation of the data and the growth, if not a little difficult (and boring) to explain in words and sentences. Besides the visual representation, tables and charts also add a touch of color. If you use Google Slides often, we’ll show you how to easily add charts and diagrams to Google Slides.
Google Slides is versatile and gives you different ways to add charts and diagrams. You can either create them directly here or link them from other Google entities such as Sheets. Additionally, you can also create diagrams outside of Slides and add them through add-ons like Lucidchart. Cool, right?
So without further ado, let’s get started.
How to link a chart in slides
If you’ve already created a chart on Google Sheets, it’s very easy to link it to Slides.
Step 1: To link a chart, click Insert> Chart> From Sheets.
You will see all the spreadsheets you have created so far (under your current Google account). Now you just need to choose one to add it.
Besides the above, Google Slides also allows you to link to a sheet when you copy and paste a chart directly from Sheets.
If you want an independent chart, select Paste Unlinked from the list.
How to create a chart on Google Slides
Similar to Google Sheets, creating a chart in Slides isn’t rocket science. For now, Slides lets you choose from bar, line, column, and pie charts.
Step 1: Click Insert> Chart> Column (or whatever type best suits your data). This action will immediately add a graphic.
2nd step: Then click on the little link icon in the upper right corner and select Open Source.
Now you will see a worksheet for this chart with sample data. Here you need to scroll up and adjust the data, and the graph will change based on the stats in the sheet.
To note: If you are new to charts, you can refer to this guide to learn how to easily create charts and charts on Sheets.
Then Sheets also allows you to change the style of the chart.
To do this, click on the three dot menu of the graph, choose Modify. Once the chart editor is open, click on Setup and choose a type under Chart type.
Step 3: Once you’ve got everything in place, head back to Google Slides, and you’ll notice a little Update button in the top right corner.
Click on it and you will see the updated chart in front of you. Simple, right?
Try add-ons for diagrams
Like other Google entities like Forms and Sheets, Google Slides also allows you to add add-ons. And luckily, there are plenty of add-ons for diagrams, and Lucidchart is one of them.
This add-on allows you to import diagrams into Google Slides as flowcharts, network diagrams, Venn diagrams, among others. The good thing is that if you already have diagrams in Lucidchart, you can import them immediately.
Now that’s done, let’s see how to add diagrams to Google Slides through Lucidchart.
Step 1: Click Add-ons> Get Add-ons and search for Lucidchart. Then click on the add-on to install it.
Once installed, open it to register. Of course, you will need to give the necessary permissions for access.
Once logged in, the add-on will display all of your existing diagrams. Click to add one of the diagrams.
Step 3: To add a new diagram, click the small plus icon in the lower right corner and select a type.
In our case, we chose to go ahead with the Organizational Chart option. Once you’ve chosen the chart type, you’ll be taken to the main Lucidchart dashboard.
Now you need to create the diagram, name it and save it.
Step 4: After completing the diagram, return to the Slides tab and click the Refresh icon at the top. It may take a while, but rest assured that your new diagram will show up.
Click to add it, and that’s about it. Your new diagram will be uploaded to Google Slides.
By default, Google adds a link to the original diagram, and you are free to remove it. Like any other image, Slides also gives you the option to scale it to your preference.
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But at the end of the day, if you don’t want to give access to a third-party add-on, you can also use the built-in module for diagrams. For now, you can play with six different types of diagrams. Although they aren’t complex, they get the job done most of the time.
Customization options are limited. You can change the color or add steps and text, but that’s about it.
Take out the Picasso
This is how you could insert diagrams into Google Slides. All of Google’s programs, including Slides, are versatile enough to add diagrams, charts, and charts. The fact that you aren’t limited to just one option is what makes this a lovely deal.
Last updated on July 12, 2021
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