This tutorial shows how to save charts as templates in Microsoft Word. Your custom templates can then be reused to maintain visual consistency throughout your documents.
Please note that the term chart is used throughout this tutorial. However, all the steps shown here also apply to visuals typically considered to be figures or graphs, such as line graphs.
If you want to save tables as templates, please see “How to Save Tables as Templates in Microsoft Word.”
Table of Contents
- How to Save Charts as Custom Templates
- How to Use Custom Chart Templates
- How to Delete Custom Chart Templates
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The images below are from Word for Microsoft 365. These steps also apply to Word 2021, Word 2019, and Word 2016. In addition, the steps will be similar in older versions of the software; however, your interface may look different than the images shown here.
We will cover this topic in Word for Mac in a separate tutorial.
How to Save Charts as Custom Templates
These steps assume you have already created your chart. For a full tutorial about working with charts, please see “How to Create and Customize Charts in Microsoft Word.”
- Right-click the chart and then select Save as Template from the shortcut menu.
- Enter a name in the File Name text box in the Save Chart Template dialog box.
- Select the Save Button.
Your chart should now be added to the Templates folder in the Insert Chart dialog box, as shown in the section below.
How to Use Custom Chart Templates
- Place your cursor in the text where you want to insert the chart.
- Select the Insert tab in the ribbon.
- Select the Chart button in the Illustrations group.
- Select Templates in the Insert Chart dialog box.
- Select the template from the My Templates section.
- Select the OK button.
The chart should be inserted into your document. Note that the labels and data have returned to filler text.
The Excel spreadsheet where you enter new labels and data should appear automatically.
However, if you need to open the Excel spreadsheet manually, right-click the chart and then select Edit Data from the shortcut menu.
How to Delete Custom Chart Templates
This section shows how to delete a chart in your document. It also shows how to delete a custom chart template from the Templates folder in the Insert Chart dialog box.
How to Delete a Chart
- Select the chart. (You will know the chart is selected when you see the resizing handles along the border.)
- Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
How to Delete a Custom Chart Template from the Templates Folder
- Select the Insert tab (see figure 4).
- Select the Chart button in the Illustrations group (see figure 5).
- Select Templates in the Insert Chart dialog box (see figure 6).
- Select the Manage Templates button.
- Select the template in the Charts window, and then select the Delete key on your keyboard.
- Select the X to close the Charts window.
- Select the X or the Cancel button to close the Insert Charts dialog box.
The custom template should be removed from the Templates folder in the Insert Chart dialog box.
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