Add Live Chart to SharePoint with Excel Web Access Web Part

A SharePoint Online Exercise by Peter Kalmström

SharePoint iconThe Excel Web Access web part, which is available for the Office 365 E3 and E6 subscriptions, is used to display live Excel charts on a wiki or web part page.
You can display all or just a part of an Excel sheet in this web part.

In the demo below, Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, shows how to use the Excel Web Access web part.

Add an Excel Web Access web part with Excel content to SharePoint

  1. In Excel, create a pivot table that contains the data you wish to show in SharePoint.
  2. Excel graph in SharePointCreate a chart from the new pivot table.
  3. Save the spreadsheet to a document library in the SharePoint site where you wish to add the chart.
  4. Add an Excel Web Access web part to the SharePoint page.
  5. Connect the web part to the spreadsheet in the SharePoint library.

You can continue updating the Excel file either in Excel Online or in the client version of Excel. If you just change the chart, it will be updated in SharePoint when you save the file.

If you change the data in the Excel table, you must refresh the chart under the Analyze or Data tab. Under the Data tab you can also click on the Connections button and then Properties and check the box for 'Refresh data when opening the file'.

In two articles in the SharePoint Online from Scratch series, you can learn more about how to update an Excel chart in the Excel Web Access web part and also see a VB script for auto-refresh of the Excel chart.

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