Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Deleting a Chart.

Deleting a Chart

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 17, 2014)


Excel allows you to create all sorts of charts based on the data in a worksheet table. These charts can either be on their own sheets or they can be embedded within a regular worksheet. At some point you may have a need to delete a chart. To delete an embedded chart, all you need to do is select it (so that handles appear around the perimeter of the chart object) and then press the Delete key. If you need to delete a chart sheet, you do so in the same manner as when you delete a regular worksheet:

  1. Display the chart sheet.
  2. Choose Delete Sheet from the Edit menu. Excel asks if you are sure you want to delete the sheet.
  3. Click on OK. The chart sheet is deleted.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2523) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Deleting a Chart.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2016-07-02 01:32:39


When I open excel sheet, unwanted charts opens continously. How to avoid this?

2016-05-31 09:13:45


I accidentally changed the format of one of my excel sheets into a chart. How do I change the chart back into the original? To show my list of data not in chart view?

2016-05-27 15:04:22


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2015-05-20 12:54:29


THANK YOU! I had ruined my spreadsheet and was tearing my hair out!

2015-05-19 08:43:52


are there any other options without the one above?

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