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How to break chart links to source data in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2021-02-08

In general, the chart will change automatically when we modify the source data. However, in some cases I want to keep the chart still when the source data changes. Here, this article will show you the easy way to break chart links to their source data in Excel.


Break chart links to source data with VBA

This method will introduce a VBA to quickly break the links between all charts and their source data in an Excel worksheet. Please do as follows:

1. Enable the specified worksheet where you want to break all chart links, and press Alt + F11 keys together to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and then paste the VBA into the new module window.

VBA: Break all chart links in a worksheet

Sub BreakChartLinks()
Dim I As Long
Dim xChartCount As Long
Dim xLinkArr As Variant
Dim xSerColl As Variant
xLinkArr = ActiveWorkbook.LinkSources(xlLinkTypeExcelLinks)
If Not IsEmpty(xLinkArr) Then
For I = LBound(xLinkArr) To UBound(xLinkArr)
ActiveWorkbook.BreakLink xLinkArr(I), xlLinkTypeExcelLinks
Next I
End If
xChartCount = ActiveSheet.ChartObjects.Count
If xChartCount <> 0 Then
For I = 1 To xChartCount
ActiveSheet.ChartObjects(I).Activate
For Each xSerColl In ActiveChart.SeriesCollection
xSerColl.Values = xSerColl.Values
xSerColl.XValues = xSerColl.XValues
xSerColl.Name = xSerColl.Name
Next
Next
End If
End Sub

3. Press F5 key or click the Run button to run this VBA.

Now you will see all chart links are broken to their source data in the current worksheet.


Break chart links to source data with VBA

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can apply its Detach Chart tool to quickly break the link between a chart and its source data with only one click in Excel.

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1. Select the chart whose link you need to break in Excel.

2. Click Kutools > Charts > Chart Tools > Detach Chart to enable this feature.

Then you will see the link between the selected chart and its source data has been broken immediately.


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