How to copy and paste chart formatting in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to copy and paste chart formatting in Excel.


Many of us, while working with advanced charts in Excel, sometimes come across a problem of copying the formatting of one chart to another. It usually happens when you are working with advanced charts where you invested a lot of time in one chart and now obtaining the new dataset we need to plot a new chart having the same formatting as the previous one. This will save a lot of time and can perform charts in a much easier way.

How to solve the problem?

For this, we will use Ctrl + C to copy charts and Paste Special to paste formatting on the chart. This isn't easy at its seems, but will be easy after you will look how this process is performed by an example given below.


Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand this with a sample chart for one dataset and pasting the formatting into another chart for the different dataset. For example, see the below chart made for the dataset.

The above shown chart represents the viewers data of two websites of the year wise basis and we need to use the same formatting for another set shown below.

Follow the below process to copy and paste formatting.

  • Select the chart and use Ctrl + C or right click on chart and select Copy option from the list.
  • Now select the another dataset and plot a chart as shown below.

  • Now select the new chart and Go to Home -> open Paste options from list and select Paste special as shown below

  • This will open a dialog box showing the type of formatting you need to Paste.

  • Now select the Formats option and Click Ok.

As you can see we changed the whole graph formatting using the simple copy and paste option. This one way of getting the format as the chart required. You can also use a chart template to get the same formatting.

Here are all the observational notes regarding using the formula.
Notes :

  1. The paste formatting option doesn't paste the chart title and the size format to the new chart. You have to do it manually.
  2. Sometimes after pasting the format, if the chart shows any data error. Check the formatting of the copied chart.
  3. If the chart has a date or numbers column, make sure all the values in the column are of the same format, or else the chart disables some formatting option for the column because in that case Excel might be storing all values of column as text values.

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