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Working with Data Labels
Working with Data Labels
Data labels are helpful when you need to give the reader further clues about which data
items go with which series or category. Word gives you the ability to add several different
kinds of data labels to your charts. You might want to add percentages to pie slices, for
example, or category labels to stacked bars. Click Data Labels in the Labels group to display
a list of placement choices for the data labels on your chart.
By default, Word displays data values in the pie slices or bars of your chart. You can change
the type of information displayed and add special features such as color, shadows, outlines,
and 3-D options by choosing Data Labels in the Labels group and clicking More Data Label
Options. In the Format Data Labels dialog box (see Figure 16-19), you can choose the label
contents you want to display (series name, category name, value, or percentage).
Figure 16-19 Display and enhance data labels on your chart using options in the Format Data
Labels dialog box.
You can choose to display more than one type of label. For example, you might want
to display both percentages and category names on a pie chart. If you select more than
one label type, use a separator to distinguish the labels. Click the Separator arrow to
display a list of choices and then click the one you want to use.
One more way to ensure that readers get the connection between your data trends and the
categories being plotted: you can use the Legend Key feature to add small legend tags to
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