You\u2019ve done the hard work in the laboratory, taking precise measurements and recording them diligently. Now comes the time to write up your results.\n\nBut how should you do this? Is there not some kind of clear, simple and visually striking way to present your data in a Microsoft Word document? Friend, you\u2019ve come to the right place.\n\nIn today\u2019s blog post, we run through the basics of adding (and formatting) charts and tables in Microsoft Word.\nAdding a Chart or Graph\nMicrosoft Word enables adding charts and graphs of many kinds in your document, from simple pie charts to 3D surface graphs. To do this, simply:\n\n \tPlace the cursor where you want your chart to appear\n \tGo to \u201cInsert\u201d on the main ribbon and select \u201cChart\u201d from the \u201cIllustrations\u201d section\n\n \tIn the new window, pick the type of chart you want in your document and click \u201cOK\u201d\n \tYour chart will now appear in the position selected and an Excel spreadsheet window will open (called \u201cChart in Microsoft Word\u201d)\n \tEdit the values and labels in the Excel window to reflect the data required for your chart\n\n \tTo change the chart title, simply double click and type (you can also add a caption by right clicking on the chart and selecting \u201cInsert Caption\u2026)\n\nYou can customize your chart further via the buttons that appear when you click on the chart (options include layout, chart elements, chart style, colors and the data you wish to be visible).\nLinking Excel and Word\nAlternatively, if you already have an Excel spreadsheet containing a chart, you can copy and paste this to a Microsoft Word document using the \u201cPaste Special\u2026\u201d option on the \u201cHome\u201d tab (to select this, click the small arrow at the bottom of the normal \u201cPaste\u201d button).\n\nTo do this, open the Excel spreadsheet in question and copy the relevant chart. Next, select \u201cPaste Special.\u201d You can then add the chart to your Word document by selecting \u201cPaste link\u201d and \u201cMicrosoft Excel Chart Object\u201d.\n\n\n\nThis links the chart in the Word document to the one in the original spreadsheet. It will then update automatically if the values in the spreadsheet are changed.\nAdding a Table\nYou have various options for adding tables to a Microsoft Word document, so we\u2019ll stick to the three simplest here.\n\n \tOption 1\nGo to \u201cInsert\u201d and select \u201cTable.\u201d This opens a dropdown menu with a grid. You can then pick the number of columns and rows required.\n\n \tOption 2\nIn the same dropdown menu, select \u201cInsert Table.\u201d In the window that opens, pick the number of columns and rows required.\n \tOption 3\nDraw your own! In the \u201cTable\u201d menu on the \u201cInsert\u201d tab, select \u201cDraw Table.\u201d This lets you draw and edit tables by hand\n\nIf you click on an existing table, you can edit its design and layout via the \u201cTable Tools\u201d tab that appears on the ribbon.