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Enhancing a Chart

Add chart objects, such as titles, legends, and text annotations to a chart to enhance its appearance and increase its overall effectiveness. A chart title identifies the primary purpose of the chart; a title for each axis further clarifies the data that is plotted. Titles can be more than one line and can be formatted just like other worksheet text. You can also add a text annotation, additional text not attached to a specific axis or data point, to call attention to a trend or some other area of interest. A legend helps the reader connect the colors and patterns in a chart with the data they represent.

Add a Title

Select a chart to which you want to add a title or titles.

Click the Chart menu, and then click Chart Options.

Click the Titles tab.

Type the text you want for the title of the chart.

To add a title for the x-axis, press Tab, and then type the text.

To add a title for the y-axis, press Tab, and then type the text.

If you want a second line for the x- or y-axis, press Tab to move to the Second Category or Second Value box, and then type the title text.

Preview the title(s) you are adding.

Click OK.


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