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Figure 21-34. Set Data Labels dialog
Once in edit mode, we can change the text of a data label (which breaks any links) or set a new
link to a worksheet cell. For instance, the code:
ActiveChart.SeriesCollection(1).DataLabels(2).Text =
sets the data label for the second data point to the value of cell B12. Note that the formula must be
in R1C1 notation. Unfortunately, however, Excel does not provide a way to associate all of the
data labels for a data series with a worksheet range in a simple way (beyond doing this one data
label at a time). So let us write a utility for this purpose and add it to SRXUtils.
When the utility is invoked, it presents a dialog (see Figure 21-34 ) with a list of all the data series
for the selected chart. The user can select a data series and then define a range to which the data
labels will be linked or from which the values will be copied. If the cell values are copied, no link
is established and so changes made to the range are not reflected in the chart. There is also an
option with regard to whether formatting is linked or copied.
Figure 21-34. Set Data Labels dialog
We begin by augmenting the DataSheet sheet by adding a row for the new utility, as in Figure 21-
(the new utility is listed in row 2). 35
Figure 21-35. DataSheet
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