I have an Excel document containing information from a survey. I want to create a pie chart over location (countries).

How can I make Excel group all the distinct values together and then display them relative to each other? Say that there are 100 rows, with five different countries: America, United Kingdom, France, China and Germany. For example, say America has 30 rows, the UK has 20, France has ten, China has 30 and Germany has ten. I'd want the pie chart to display and represent those values in relation to each other.

I've tried to only select the location column, but it does not display anything — not anything like the thing I want, anyways. I know I can count all the distinct values, but I would like to get Excel to do it automatically because I'm going to create other pie charts from similar data.

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This is how I do it:

  1. Add a column and fill it with 1 (name it Count for example)

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  2. Select your data (both columns) and create a Pivot Table: On the Insert tab click on the PivotTable | Pivot Table (you can create it on the same worksheet or on a new sheet)

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  3. On the PivotTable Field List drag Country to Row Labels and Count to Values if Excel doesn't automatically

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  4. Now select the pivot table data and create your pie chart as usual.

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P.S. I use the pivot table for I update the data on a regular basis, then I just replace the "Country" data and refresh the pivot table.

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    Thanks for the answer. Is there any way to sort the pivot table by counts? Filter option is greyed out for pivot table. Jun 3, 2014 at 7:31

For people with the same problems, there is an alternative to the pivot table.

There is a useful tool named FunFun, which allows people to use web languages like Html, Css and JavaScript in Excel and really personalize your chart as you like.

Javascript has a lot of powerful libraries for data visualization, like Charts.js and D3, that you can use with this Excel add-in to create any chart you want.

I made this chart with Chart.js on the FunFun website that I directly loaded in Excel by pasting the link of the funfun online editor below:


If you want to test out different libraries, Funfun hosts an online editor with an embedded spreadsheet, where you can see the output of your code instantly.

Here are some screenshots(Website to Excel Add-in):





Hope this helps !

  • Very interesting project. I did not know that this was possible. Apr 2, 2019 at 12:16
  • How have I never heard of this before, after working with Excel since "version 1"? ....there must be a catch that I'm missing here
    – ashleedawg
    Sep 6, 2020 at 2:10

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