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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth
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Adding horizontal and vertical titles


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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

with Dennis Taylor

Video: Adding horizontal and vertical titles

You can add vertical and horizontal titles, located on the left and bottom sides of a chart, by using the multiple options available from the Axis Title button on the Layout tab in the Ribbon. So in this particular chart let's imagine we have not yet done the main chart title. Let's say we tackle the titles down the left-hand side and across the bottom. Now neither one of these is a requirement, but in many, many cases--particularly the vertical axis on the left side--we definitely want to have that here to explain what these numbers mean.
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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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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth
3h 36m Intermediate Jun 15, 2011

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In this course, Dennis Taylor shows how to analyze and communicate the value of data with charts in Excel. The course starts with the foundations: what the parts of a chart are, what the different types of charts are, and which charts work best for your data. The course then shows how to create a presentation-ready chart in minutes and offers dozens of in-depth tutorials on formatting and fine-tuning charts so they represent data clearly and accurately.

Topics include:
  • Identifying the plot area, chart area, gridlines, legends, and more
  • Selecting the right chart type
  • Creating charts instantly with shortcuts
  • Choosing a layout
  • Dealing with empty and hidden cells
  • Switching rows and columns for a different view of the data
  • Moving and resizing a chart
  • Inserting pictures and shapes
  • Adding labels to a chart
  • Analyzing existing and future data with trendlines
  • Changing a chart's data source
  • Printing charts
Subjects:
Business Charts + Graphs
Software:
Excel Office
Author:
Dennis Taylor

Adding horizontal and vertical titles

You can add vertical and horizontal titles, located on the left and bottom sides of a chart, by using the multiple options available from the Axis Title button on the Layout tab in the Ribbon. So in this particular chart let's imagine we have not yet done the main chart title. Let's say we tackle the titles down the left-hand side and across the bottom. Now neither one of these is a requirement, but in many, many cases--particularly the vertical axis on the left side--we definitely want to have that here to explain what these numbers mean.

It's not to say that you couldn't put it in the main title, but typically it goes along the left-hand side. Look at the options that we have here under Axis Titles. This is in the Labels group. It's on the Layout tab of the Ribbon. Primary Horizontal, in this case Primary Vertical Axis Title. Rotated Title, probably the most common choice. As soon as I click this, you'll see what we're about to do. Let me show you the other options before completing this entry. Back to Axis Titles. Less likely here is the choice Vertical Title, although if the words are short, that would make sense in some situations.

Typically, this is harder to read, and the third choice here might be Horizontal Title. This eats up a lot of chart space, but there, too, that might be appropriate for certain kinds of short titles. In the example here I want to indicate that these numbers represent millions of dollars just the way we see it over there in row 2 above the data. So Axis Titles here > Primary Vertical Axis Title > Rotated Title, and we see it that way. I simply want to say 'Sales-Millions' of Dollars, but if I'm going to put sales maybe in the main title or below the data, maybe I'll just say 'Millions of Dollars'.

As soon as press Enter, we see the information there. If you want to change the size of that font, by the way, you can go to the Home tab here, and if it's size 10, for example, just slide over this, and you can say it growing as I slide over these, without even making a click just yet. So we can certainly adjust the size of that quickly, easily if you wish. Now sometimes you do one information below. Maybe we're going to put a main title up above that possibly names the company or the year, and sometimes it's just a tossup of what works better for you.

In many, many charts you will not see a title below the data, but why not? In the example here, once again, if we go to the Layout tab > Axis Title, this time Primary Horizontal Axis Title, fewer choices here. Title Below Axis or None. Well, we do want a title let's say right here. Maybe we want to put something in about the company name or indicate that maybe this represents three regions, or three different parts of the world, whatever it is that seems appropriate for us. Maybe I'll just put in the example here '2011 - Total Sales'.

Enter, and we see the information here. At a later time if we come back and decide to either get rid of this, of course we can just click on that and press Delete like that. I'm going to press Ctrl+Z to undo that. At other times maybe we simply want to change the wording, and many times it's going to be faster, rather than trying to edit this--but you certainly can. For example, I can click down here and type in the word Volume right in front of Sales, something like that maybe. That's appropriate. Or if not, another way if I want to retype all of this, simply come here, click on it, and jump into the formula bar and start typing something.

Actually, you don't even have to go into the formula bar. You can just start retyping. So maybe I want to reverse the order of this. I just want to say 'Sales 2011', Enter, and we see how that works. So, quite a few different ways to adjust titles. They are important here and there, the horizontal and vertical titles on the chart. You can add them, remove them, or alter them either by the typing method you just saw or primarily through the Layout tab, the choice called Axis Titles.

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