Link an Excel Chart to a PowerPoint Presentation

In this post I will share with you how to link an Excel chart to a PowerPoint presentation. This is helpful when you expect changes to be made to the Excel chart and you want to have your audience view those changes from in one of your PowerPoint slides.

  1. Right click the edge of the Excel chart and select copy.excel chart copy

2. Navigate to PowerPoint slide and select the Paste Special menu from the clipboard group.

paste special powerpoint


3. Select Paste Link as Microsoft Excel Chart Object

paste special link as picture chart object

4. Click File >Info and then click “Edit Links to Files” which is in the bottom right corner of PowerPoint 2010, 2013, and 2016 versions. Check box for “Automatic Update” in the Links box.

automatic update powerpoint slide deck

Note: It is important that the Excel file is saved to a location in which the PowerPoint can read the link otherwise the update cannot work. Typically you would save the Excel file with the chart to a network drive that is accessible to the file from which the PowerPoint is saved.


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About Steve Chase

I'm a proud husband and dad to 4 boys! Microsoft Certified Trainer and Boy Scout Leader are some of things I call myself. The Cincinnati Reds are my favorite team! When not outdoors, I enjoy working with documents in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Visio and Photoshop. My wife, Erin, shares her awesome recipes on her blog at
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2 Responses to Link an Excel Chart to a PowerPoint Presentation

  1. Alex Powers says:

    I alway enjoy this trick – though am cautious to use in abundance as the connection refresh can severely impact the speed within your PowerPoint presentation if there are numerous charts being linked.

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