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How to Add Axis Labels to a Chart in Excel

When creating a chart in Excel, you may want to add a axis labels to your chart so the users can undertand the information contained in the chart. This tutorial will teach you how to add and format Axis Lables to your Excel chart.

Step 1: Click on a blank area of the chart

Use the cursor to click on a blank area on your chart. Make sure to click on a blank area in the chart. The border around the entire chart will become highlighted. Once you see the border appear around the chart, then you know the chart editing features are enabled.

Step 1: Click on a blank area of the chart

Step 2: Click on the Chart Elements button next to the chart

Once the chart name area is highlighted, you will see the Chart Elements button next to upper right hand side of the chart. The button looks like a plus sign. Doing this will open the Chart Elements window.

Step 2: Click on the Chart Elements button next to the chart

Step 3: Select Axis Titles from the Chart Elements window

Once you have opened the Chart Elements window, you will see a number of items you can select to add to your chart. Check the Axis Titles option on the Chart Elements window and Axis Titles will appear on your chart. You can click on the arrow next to the Axis Titles option for some additional axis title formatting options.

Step 3: Select Axis Titles from the Chart Elements window

Step 4: Type in the Values for the Axis Titles

Once you have turn on the Axis Titles option, you type in a value for each axis title. Double-Click on the horizontal or vertical axis title and then you can type in an appropriate name for that chart axis.

Step 4: Type in the Values for the Axis Titles

Step 5: Format your Axis Titles

You can open the Format Axis Titles panel to access a number of formatting options for your chart axis titles. Click on the arrow to the right of the Legend checkbox on the Chart Elements window and you will see the "More Options" button. Click on this button and the Format Axis Titles panel will appear on the right side of the worksheet.

Step 5: Format your Axis Titles

This is a list of some of the Axis Title formatting options available on the Format Axis Titles panel:

  • Fill
  • Border
  • Shadow
  • Glow
  • Soft Edges
  • Alignment

Format Legend panel

Step 6: How to Turn off Axis Titles

If you want to turn off your axis titles, open the Chart Elements window and uncheck the Axis Titles option. You can also go into the Axis Titles sub-menu and just turn off the horizontal or vertical axis title if you wish, and leave the other one active.

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