When writing up research, charts can help you to communicate data or make a point more clearly. And to help you do this, we\u2019ll now look at how to add and edit charts in Google Docs.\r\nHow to Add Charts in Google Docs\r\nYou can add a chart to Google Docs based on an existing spreadsheet, or you can create a new chart and then add the data.\r\nTo add a new chart to a document in Google Docs:\r\n\r\n\tPlace the cursor where you want to add the chart.\r\n\tGo to the Insert menu and select Chart.\r\n\tSelect the type of chart to use (e.g., bar, column, line or pie).\r\n\r\n\r\nThis will add a default chart of the type selected. However, you will need to edit the chart to enter your data. We'll look at how that works next.\r\nHow to Edit Charts in Google Docs\r\nWhen you add a new chart in Google Docs, its data is stored in Google Sheets. And while you can change the size, colors, or presentation of a chart directly in Google Docs, you will need to edit the linked spreadsheet to update the data or the labels. To do this:\r\n\r\n\tClick on the chart you want to edit.\r\n\tClick the link icon in the top right-hand corner and select Open source.\r\n\tIn the Google Sheet that opens, edit the data and formatting as required.\r\n\r\nThis will also update the chart in Google Docs.\r\n\r\nLinking and Unlinking Your Chart\r\nBy default, any chart you add in Google Docs will be "linked" to its source spreadsheet. This means you can make changes in the spreadsheet and update the chart at the click of a button. To do this:\r\n\r\n\tEdit the chart in Google Sheets as required.\r\n\tOpen the documents in Google Docs and click on the chart.\r\n\tClick on the Update button in the top right-hand corner (you won\u2019t see this option if your chart isn\u2019t linked or when there\u2019s nothing to update).\r\n\r\nHowever, you can also unlink a chart from its source spreadsheet. This is useful if you're happy with the chart as it stands and don't need to update it any more. To do this:\r\n\r\n\tIn Google Docs, click on the chart you want to unlink.\r\n\tClick on the link icon in the top right corner, then select Unlink.\r\n\r\nIf you do this, the chart becomes an image and you cannot update the data, so make sure you are finished editing charts before unlinking them.\r\nAdd a Chart from an Existing Google Sheet\r\nFinally, if you\u2019ve already created a chart in Google Sheets, you can insert it into your Google Docs document directly. To do this:\r\n\r\n\tIn Google Docs, go to Insert > Chart > From Sheets.\r\n\tIn the pop-up that appears, select the spreadsheet and chart to use.\r\n\tIf you don't want the chart linked to the original spreadsheet, uncheck the Link to spreadsheet option when you\u2019re inserting your chart.\r\n\tClick Import to add the chart to your document.\r\n\r\nYou should now have a chart in Google Docs that presents your data clearly. And if you\u2019d like any help to make sure that your writing is just as clear and easy to understand, you might like to submit a document for proofreading.