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Linking titles to content

From: Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

Video: Linking titles to content

When you add titles to a chart, whether it's the main title or any other titles on the left-hand side of the plot area, or below the plot area, instead of typing the various titles that you need, you can link chart titles directly to specific worksheet cells. Maybe for the main title on this particular chart we want to use the title that we see in cell A1. It's a centered entry that says 'Two Trees Olive Oil Company'. So let's suppose we want to add a title here. Chart Title on the Layout tab, we'll click the option and choose Centered Overlay Title like this. And at this point simply type equal--and you'll see this in the formula bar, by the way--click on cell A1 or anywhere on the panel up there since that's a centered title-- click here, for example--and simply press Enter, and the title goes right into place there.

Linking titles to content

When you add titles to a chart, whether it's the main title or any other titles on the left-hand side of the plot area, or below the plot area, instead of typing the various titles that you need, you can link chart titles directly to specific worksheet cells. Maybe for the main title on this particular chart we want to use the title that we see in cell A1. It's a centered entry that says 'Two Trees Olive Oil Company'. So let's suppose we want to add a title here. Chart Title on the Layout tab, we'll click the option and choose Centered Overlay Title like this. And at this point simply type equal--and you'll see this in the formula bar, by the way--click on cell A1 or anywhere on the panel up there since that's a centered title-- click here, for example--and simply press Enter, and the title goes right into place there.

Similarly with other titles that we might need. We need to explain what these numbers are; someone's looking at the chart only. So similarly, on the Layout tab in the Ribbon, we'll choose Axis Titles > the Primary Vertical Axis Title, perhaps rotated. That's the most appropriate one here. And similarly, equal, and this time we'll click on cell A2 to pick up that information and simply press Enter, and we see what's happening here. So that's a good quick fix in both examples for getting titles into charts without to having to use any typing whatsoever.

Now I'm going to press Ctrl+Z a couple of times to take out these titles and remind you that also you can create titles from the Design tab by choosing one of the chart layout options that contain titles. So, for example, this choice has a main title. This one has a main title and a title on the left. Perhaps, we'll go with this one. It has some other features as well. So if you were to choose this option, you would have the same situation. So how do we add the chart titles this way using the technique just demonstrated? This time simply click near or on Chart Title and type =, click cell A1, Enter, and we see the title appear there.

Similarly, on the left-hand side, click Axis Titles, type =, click on cell A2, and press Enter, and we have the entries going in this way. That one probably needs to be dragged around a bit to be adjusted, but the main idea here of course is we don't type the entries, we simply pick them up from cell references. So you can save a good deal of typing time and improve accuracy by linking titles to worksheet cells.

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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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