How To Make A Pie Chart In Indesign

Pie charts are a great way to represent complex data in different settings visually. InDesign is widely known for its amazing data visualization features. However, it may be a bit difficult to get the hang of how to create a pie chart in InDesign if you’re new to it. But all you need to do is follow the steps in this article, and you’ll be good to go.

You can create a pie chart in InDesign through the software’s built-in Graphs feature. Simply go to Column Graph Tool > Pie Graph Tool. Next, drag out your cursor to create a pie chart on your artboard based on the required size and placement.

Keep reading below for more information.

How To Make A Pie Chart In Indesign

Creating a pie chart in InDesign is fairly simple. You can do it by following the easy steps in this section.

For a more visual demonstration of how to create a pie chart in InDesign, watch the video below:

  1. Select and hold the Column Graph Tool in Adobe Illustrator before moving on to the Pie Graph Tool.
  2. Drag the pie chart to the desired size by hovering your mouse over the canvas. This can also be resized afterward. 
  3. A data panel with rows and columns will display once the chart has been added to the canvas, allowing you to add data to the graph.
  4. After the statistics have been added, exit the window by clicking the checkbox to make the changes. (Tip: Make another duplicate of this graph and transfer it to the pasteboard before continuing; you may need to pull a different version when making numerous graphs.)
  5. Go to Object > Ungroup after selecting the pie graph using the selection tool. 

This will let you style the graph in several ways. Just make sure the statistics are ready in advance since the graph can no longer be edited to change the figures.

  1. Navigate to the Ellipse Tool and proceed to the pie graph’s center. Drag an Ellipse shape while holding Shift and Option, keeping just over an inch or so of the graph exposed.
  2. Drag and pick the graph and the shape together by using the Selection Tool before selecting the Shape Builder Tool.
  3. Click and delete the inner portion of the circle while holding Option on a Mac or Alt on Windows. This will create a gap in the graph.

Should I Add Excel Sheet to InDesign?

Several factors are considered while integrating the two programs depending on the goal. InDesign is used to make spreadsheets appear amazing visually, whereas Excel is used to organize and prepare data. They have different functions, but they provide a fantastic outcome when combined.

For instance, revenue data may be entered into Excel to build a visually pleasing presentation for an annual report and imported into InDesign. The ability to convey facts elegantly gives any presenting goal a major advantage.

Importing menus, catalogs, and product prices is another excellent application. The design makes the data appear amazing, while the spreadsheet will handle the data. Automating changes by connecting the Excel sheet to InDesign produces a more dynamic final product.

The design possibilities provided by Excel are decent, but they fall short of InDesign’s broad set of capabilities. InDesign allows you to design a template that encompasses the spreadsheet, but a decent Excel sheet looks excellent, and you can insert simple visuals into the spreadsheet itself.

Linking an Excel Spreadsheet to InDesign

You can link an Excel Spreadsheet to InDesign by following the instructions below:

  1. Click Edit (on Windows) or InDesign (on MacOS) in the top menu bar, select Preferences from the menu that appears, and then select File Handling.
  2. Click Create Links. Click OK after adding text and spreadsheet files to the File Handling box.
  3. Click File > Place (Windows users can also hit Ctrl+D or Cmd+D, respectively.)
  4. To import an Excel file into InDesign, choose the file, click Open, and then check the Show Import Options box in the import window (if it isn’t previously checked).
  5. To arrange your table in InDesign, first, click OK and then build a text-frame.
  6. This is the InDesign table that is connected to the Excel spreadsheet.
  7. Right-click on the first row you selected and chose Convert to Header Rows.


And there we go. This article taught us how to create a pie chart in InDesign. Furthermore, since you might need to use excel data (because, let’s face it, it’s the most common software out there), we talked about how to import excel data into InDesign so you can work with it.