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How to stop updating chart in Excel?

As we know, when you insert a chart based on a range data, the chart will update automatically while you change the data in the range. In some cases, you just do not need the chart updating with the data. Now I will tell you how to stop updating chart in Excel.

Stop updating chart by set as manual calculation

Stop updating chart by inserting pivot table


arrow blue right bubble Stop updating chart by set as manual calculation


For stopping chart updating based on the data range, you can set the calculation to manual.

Click Formula > Calculation Options > Manual, then when you update the data in the range, the chart won’t update any more.

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Note: This method cannot stop charts updating when the based data range in Excel 2007 changing.


arrow blue right bubble Stop updating chart by inserting pivot table

If you do not want the formula be manual, you can insert a pivot table based the data range first, and then insert a chart based the pivot table, and when the data range change, the chart cannot update.

1. Select the data range you need, and click Insert > Pivot Table > Pivot Table. See screenshot:

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2. Then in the Create Pivot Table dialog, you can choose whether the pivot table is placed in a new worksheet or in the existing worksheet, here I check New Worksheet. See screenshot:

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3. Then click OK, and a pivot table will be inserted in a new sheet. And then set the labels and values you need in the pivot table. See screenshot:

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4. Then select the pivot table, and click Insert tab and select a chart you need in the Chart group. See screenshot:

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Now when you change the data in the original range, the chart won’t update with the data changing.


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