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Adding, editing, and removing chart titles

From: Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

Video: Adding, editing, and removing chart titles

If you didn't add a title to a chart at the time you created it, you can use the title options available on the Layout tab in the Ribbon. As a reminder, when you do create a chart and particularly if you've done it using one of the quick methods-- for example, this chart was created with a keystroke shortcut Alt+F-- The chart has most of the features needed; it certainly does not have, however, a chart title. On the Layout tab we can make a choice called Chart Title. If you go to the Design tab and use Chart Layouts, possibly you might want to take care of other titles as well at the same time, and legends as well.

Adding, editing, and removing chart titles

If you didn't add a title to a chart at the time you created it, you can use the title options available on the Layout tab in the Ribbon. As a reminder, when you do create a chart and particularly if you've done it using one of the quick methods-- for example, this chart was created with a keystroke shortcut Alt+F-- The chart has most of the features needed; it certainly does not have, however, a chart title. On the Layout tab we can make a choice called Chart Title. If you go to the Design tab and use Chart Layouts, possibly you might want to take care of other titles as well at the same time, and legends as well.

Ironically, those choices called Chart Layout are on the Design tab. The Layout tab itself has the choice Chart Title. A quick look at these. Two choices, the description of them is fairly obvious. Above the Chart, I think this is what a lot of people would want. The other choice here under Chart Title, Centered Overly Title. It does not resize the chart. The title will look there. This is plenty of white space in the chart, so that would be viable option here. Maybe we'll just leave it this way. Now we don't have to actually select this or drag across, but that you can do that.

I'm sure your chart titles will not contain those two words most of the time. So that's not really necessary. So as soon as we see Chart Title, what we could do is simply start typing. In other words, when we first created it, we see this. I'm simply going to type in a description of the chart, namely 'Sales - 2011'. Enter. As I'm typing this, you see this in the formula bars. As soon as I press Enter, of course it finds its place on the title. A minor point here, but occasionally useful. Sometimes we want more information in this title.

I'm clicking the formula bar now, and I could've done this earlier before pressing Enter, but I would like to have on the line below this, 'preliminary' or 'projected' or something like that. So after the 2011, I'm going to press Alt+Enter. Some of you may know that's the way to do a line break, and now I'm going to type in parentheses 'Projected' and then Enter and we see what happens this way. So you can make some changes and have multiple line entries this way as well. Now suppose this is the title, you've used it a while, you want to make a change to it, or you want something completely different.

If we simply clicked near the title, or I don't have to be right on it, the box is highlighted. We could click in the formula bar and type something completely different or alter this if we want to. Maybe I'll put in 'Sales-2011 Final' this time on the same line. So without really editing what's there, I'll just type this and press Enter and we see the title there. If we want to change the location of it, Chart Title is centered above chart this way. We simply have adjusted it that way as well too. You can also do formatting on it also.

A recommended approach there might be simply right-click on the border and then go to Format Chart Title and explore some of those options with regard to filling in the color. Not necessary, but for some people you might want to pursue that as well, too. So it's easy to put in a title or to make a change to it or to replace it, adding a title or adjusting any existing title, to simply use the title options available on the Chart Title option in the Layout tab in the Ribbon.

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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 22m 7s
    1. Identifying chart elements like plot area, chart area, gridlines, and legends
      5m 3s
    2. Selecting the right chart type
      8m 2s
    3. Understanding chart terminology
      6m 31s
    4. Understanding the Ribbon and the Design, Layout, and Format tabs
      2m 31s
  3. 16m 24s
    1. Selecting data to display as a chart
      6m 17s
    2. Creating charts instantly with shortcuts
      4m 33s
    3. Creating charts with standard menu commands
      2m 24s
    4. Creating presentation-ready charts with just a few adjustments
      3m 10s
  4. 28m 8s
    1. Switching rows and columns for a different view of the data
      3m 9s
    2. Setting a default chart type and creating a template
      3m 47s
    3. Dealing with empty and hidden cells
      4m 18s
    4. Choosing a chart layout
      4m 33s
    5. Choosing a chart style from 48 colorful variations
      3m 34s
    6. Changing the location of a chart
      3m 33s
    7. Moving and resizing a chart
      5m 14s
  5. 11m 25s
    1. Using pictures as chart elements
      3m 55s
    2. Adding shapes and arrows
      3m 37s
    3. Adding floating text and text boxes
      3m 53s
  6. 33m 45s
    1. Adding, editing, and removing chart titles
      3m 15s
    2. Adding horizontal and vertical titles
      3m 56s
    3. Linking titles to content
      2m 32s
    4. Showing numbers of different scales
      4m 38s
    5. Specifying the position of tick marks and axis labels
      2m 41s
    6. Changing the numeric format on labels
      5m 34s
    7. Adding, editing, and removing legends
      3m 19s
    8. Adding and editing data labels
      4m 40s
    9. Showing the source of a chart's data
      3m 10s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Modifying axis scaling
      3m 50s
    2. Working with gridlines
      4m 23s
  8. 12m 53s
    1. Analyzing existing and future data with trendlines
      4m 2s
    2. Adding drop lines
      3m 14s
    3. Adding high-low lines and up-down bars
      1m 39s
    4. Adding error bars
      3m 58s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Selecting shape fill and outline
      3m 3s
    2. Adding shape effects
      3m 19s
    3. Applying WordArt styles
      2m 51s
  10. 16m 33s
    1. Formatting lines and borders
      4m 24s
    2. Filling an area with a color gradient
      2m 7s
    3. Specifying line style, color, and weight
      2m 46s
    4. Working with chart text
      3m 40s
    5. Changing the rotation of chart text
      3m 36s
  11. 38m 39s
    1. Using column and bar charts
      7m 24s
    2. Using line charts
      5m 46s
    3. Using pie charts
      8m 37s
    4. Using area, stock, and XY charts
      9m 3s
    5. Using doughnut, bubble, and radar charts
      7m 49s
  12. 10m 55s
    1. Pasting new data into a chart
      2m 58s
    2. Creating charts from multiple data sources
      3m 39s
    3. Adding new data using a table
      4m 18s
  13. 6m 19s
    1. Printing charts
      6m 19s
  14. 19s
    1. Next steps
      19s

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