Excel XP: Moving, Resizing, and Deleting Charts

Lesson 16: Moving, Resizing, and Deleting Charts



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Move a chart
  • Resize a chart
  • Delete a chart

Moving a chart

An embedded chart can be moved anywhere on a worksheet. The easiest way to move a chart is to drag it around the worksheet.

To move a chart:

  • Click anywhere on the white space in the chart and use the cursor to drag the chart anywhere on the worksheet.

    Move a Chart
  • Release the mouse button to place the graph in its new location.

Resizing a chart

Charts can be resized—made larger or smaller—to fit on a worksheet. Chart titles are sized in proportion to how large or small you make the chart. And within the chart area, the legend and/or plot area can be made larger or smaller. Chart titles can be moved but not resized.

To resize a chart:

  • Click anywhere on the white space of the chart area, plot area, or legend you want to move or resize.

    Chart Components
  • Point the mouse to one of the grab handles or resize cursor—the pointer changes to a double-headed arrow—to resize the chart.

    Chart Grabhandles
  • Use the mouse to drag the sizing handle until the chart is resized to the desired size.

Deleting a chart

Any embedded chart or chart sheet can be deleted from a worksheet. A chart sheet is deleted the same way a worksheet is deleted. This section discusses how to delete an embedded chart.

To delete a chart:

  • Click anywhere on the white space of the chart area to select the chart.
  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

If you have difficulty deleting a chart, click anywhere outside the chart and select the chart again.


  • Type the following information on the worksheet:

    In cell A2, type January
    In cell A3, type February
    In cell A4, type March
    In cell B1, type Bill
    In cell B2, type 3542
    In cell B3, type 7184
    In cell B4, type 6531
    In cell C1, type Mary
    In cell C2, type 2943
    In cell C3, type 6542
    In cell C4, type 7137
    In cell D1, type Bob
    In cell D2, type 3403
    In cell D3, type 7314
    In cell D4, type 6942

  • Create an area chart.
  • Practice moving the chart to different places in the worksheet.
  • Practice resizing the chart by dragging the middle grab handle at the top of the chart, the middle grab handle at the right edge of the chart, and the lower-right grab handle.
  • Delete the chart you just created.