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Changing Chart Elements
Changing Chart Elements
The layout of a chart typically comes with a chart title, X and Y axes, axis titles, and a
legend. However, you can also include other elements, such as data labels, a data table,
and gridlines. A legend is a set of labels that helps the reader connect the colors and pat-
terns in a chart with the data they represent. Legend text is derived from the data series
plotted within a chart. You can rename an item in a legend by changing the text in the
data series. If the legend location doesn’t work with the chart, you can reposition it. Data
labels show data values in the chart to make it easier for the reader to see, while a Data
table shows the data values in a table next to the chart. To change elements, you can use
the Add Chart Element button on the Design tab under Chart Tools or use the Chart Ele-
ments button ( New ! ) (one of three) in the upper-right corner of the selected chart. If you
want a customized look, you can double-click an element to set options using the Format
pane ( New ! ).
Change the Chart Elements
Select the chart you want to modify.
Click the Design tab under Chart Tools.
To quickly show or hide chart elements, click the Chart Elements button near
the chart, and then select or clear the element check box ( New ! ), or click an ar-
row, and then a command.
Click the Add Chart Element button ( New ! ), and then point to one of the fol-
lowing options:
Axes to display the horizontal and vertical axes.
Axis Titles to display the horizontal and vertical axis titles.
Chart Tile to display or position the main chart title. Double-click the text
box to modify text.
Data Labels to show or hide data labels.
Data Table to show or hide a data table along with the chart.
Gridlines to display different types of gridlines.
Legend to display or position the chart legend.
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