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Link a chart, table, or slides to Google Docs or Slides

When you insert a chart, table, or slide to Google Docs or Google Slides, you can link them to existing files.

Learn how to add and edit tables that don’t link to Google Sheets.

Add a new chart to a document or presentation

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. Click Insert and then Chart.
  3. Click the chart type you want to add.

When you add a new chart:

Embed tables, charts, & slides

To keep charts, tables, and slides up to date across files, you can embed:

  • Tables and charts in Google Docs and Slides.
  • Slides from one Google Slides presentation in a different one.
Add a chart from Google Sheets
  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. Click Insert and then Chart and then From Sheets.
  3. Click the spreadsheet with the chart you want to add, then click Select.
  4. Click the chart you want to add.
    • If you don't want the chart linked to the spreadsheet, uncheck "Link to spreadsheet."
  5. Click Import.
Add a table from Google Sheets
  1. On your computer, open a sheet in Google Sheets in Google Chrome or Firefox.
  2. Select the cells you want to put in Docs or Slides.
  3. At the top, click Edit and then Copy.
  4. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  5. Click where you want to put your table and click Edit and then Paste.
  6. Choose "Link to spreadsheet" or "Paste unlinked" and click Paste.
Insert slides from another presentation
  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Select the slides you want to embed.
  3. At the top, click Edit and then Copy.
  4. Open a different presentation in Google Slides where you want to insert these slides.
  5. At the left, click the slide where you want to insert them.
  6. At the top, click Edit and then Paste.
  7. Click Link slides.

Edit, update, or unlink a chart, table, or slides

Edit a chart, table, or slide

Open and edit a chart, table, or slide

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. Click a chart or table to select it.
  3. In the top right corner of the chart or table, click Link options Down Arrow and then Open source.
  4. You can now change the original file.

Change the cell range in a table

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. Click a table to select it.
  3. Click Link options Down Arrow and then Change range.
  4. Type the range you want, then click OK.
Update a chart, table, or slides in a document or presentation

Update the data in your chart or table

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. In the top right corner of the chart, table, or slide click Update.

Update the data in your chart or table

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. In the top right corner of the chart, table, or slide click Link options Down Arrow and then Update.

If you don't see "Update" in the top right corner:

  • Your chart, table, or slide may not be linked.
  • Your chart, table, or slide may already be updated.

Format your table to match your spreadsheet

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. Click a table to select it.
  3. In the top right corner of the chart or table, click Link options Down Arrow and then Match spreadsheet data and formatting.
Unlink your chart, table, or slides from the original file
  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. Select a chart, table, or slides you want to unlink.
  3. In the top right corner of the chart or table, click Link options Down Arrow and then Unlink Unlink.

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