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I can make charts with the spreadsheet, but is there a way to insert the chart into a Docs document? Is using a static image the best I can do? Are there any online tools where I could copy the same series of numbers and have it do it for me?

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You can use the Google Chart Tools. Simply embed an image in your document, with it's src being a call to the chart API, like this:

enter image description here

(the URL in this case is: https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?chs=250x100&chd=t:60,40&cht=p3&chl=Hello|World)

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Unfortunately, Image Charts are deprecated, and Google could remove this functionality. (developers.google.com/chart/image) Alternatively, you could embed a published chart from a Google Spreadsheet, which is explained in this question: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/89977/… – Protector one Feb 16 at 13:38

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