Excel simplifies the storing, calculating, and organizing of huge datasets. But you have to occasionally become perplexed while working with such large amounts of data because of the sheer number of columns and rows that fill the page. You may quickly understand the values provided in the sheet by overriding the data displayed with graphics.
Excel 2013 and 2010 do not automatically provide a title for charts that you generate; instead, you must write one yourself. For simplicity, you must include titles for any numerous charts in a worksheet. Let’s examine how to add a title to a chart in Excel and an easy method for adding titles to Excel charts:
How to Add a Title to a Chart in Excel: Title the chart
This is an extremely basic example of inserting a chart title in Excel 2013.
This method works for all chart types in any version of Excel.
To add a title to a chart, click anywhere within it.
- Upon choosing the chart, the charting tools will manifest within the primary toolbar. Only after your chart is selected (it has a shaded outline) can you see them.
- Navigate to the DESIGN tab.
- In the Chart Layouts group, select Add Chart Element from the drop-down menu.
- In Excel 2010, select the Layout tab and navigate to the Labels group.
- Decide wherever you want your title to appear and select “Chart Title.”
- Alternatively, you can select the centered overlay option and place the title directly above the chart, preventing any resizing. However, placing the title above the graphical picture will cause the chart to resize slightly.
- Within the title box, click.
- After you highlight the words “Chart Title,” type the name you want for your chart.
Write a title for a chart.
You can format your chart title by going back to DESIGN -> Add Chart Element -> Chart Title and selecting ‘More Title Options’ from the bottom of the drop-down menu:
- The sidebar to the right of the worksheet is what you will see.
- In Excel 2010, ‘More Title Options’ is located at the bottom of the Labels group on the Layout tab’s Chart Title drop-down menu. Right-clicking on the title box and selecting “Format Chart Title” is another method to bring up the Format Chart Title sidebar.
- To format the text, either utilize the Ribbon’s formatting controls (HOME tab, Font group) or right-click on the title box and select the Font option. The window that follows will appear in both situations.
You can now alter the text’s effects, adjust the title’s font style, size, and color, and alter the character spacing.
Create an engaging chart title
It is now appropriate to automate the title of the chart. The answer is rather straightforward: you only need to use a formula to connect the chart title to a cell.
- Press the title of the chart.
- Enter the equal symbol (=) in the formula bar.
- Please make sure the equal sign is in the formula bar and not the title box when you enter it.
- To add a link from a cell to the chart title, click on it.
Note: The cell (cell B2 in the example below) should include the text you want to use as the title of your chart. A formula may also be present in the cell. The title of your chart will be the formula result. Although the formula is immediately used in the title, it is not ideal for additional modification.
Once you’ve done that, the formula bar will display the formula reference along with the name of the worksheet and the cell address.
Entering the equal sign (=) is crucial. You won’t create the dynamic Excel connection if you neglect to do so; instead, you will just go to another cell.
- Click the Enter key.
As a result, the chart title will now update automatically if I modify the text in cell B2.
Include an axis title.
A two-axis chart consists of a vertical y-axis and a horizontal x-axis, sometimes known as the category axis. A depth (series) axis is also present in 3-D charts. When the values don’t tell the story on their own, you should add axis headings to explain what the chart shows:
- Choose the graph.
- Select the DESIGN tab and navigate to the Chart Layouts group.
- Click the ‘Add Chart Element’ drop-down menu.
- In Excel 2010, you must click the Axis Title button in the Labels group on the Layout tab.
- Select the preferred axis title position (Primary Horizontal or Primary Vertical) from the Axis Title options.
- Enter the desired text in the Axis Title text box that is displayed in the chart.
- Click in the title box, select the text you wish to format, and follow the same procedures as for formatting a chart title if you want to format the axis title. However, you can adjust the Axis Title -> More Axis Title Options drop-down menu to suit your needs.
Note: Although some chart types (like radar charts) include axes, they don’t show the titles of the axes. Pie and doughnut charts are examples of chart types that do not have axes and therefore do not display axis titles. The axis titles will disappear if you go to a different kind of chart that doesn’t support them.
Take out an axis title or chart.
To remove a chart or axis title from a chart, select the option that best suits your needs from the list below
Wherever on the chart, click.
Navigate to the Chart Layouts group on the DESIGN tab and select the Add Chart Element drop-down option.
Click on the Chart Title menu and select “None.” Your chart title vanishes into thin air.
If you click the Chart Title button in the Labels group on the Layout tab of Excel 2010, you will see this choice.
Click on the title of the chart or an axis and select Delete to quickly remove the title.
Additionally, you can select “Delete” from the context menu by performing a right-click on the chart or axis title.
If you decide to go back and modify the title after typing it, you can either use CTRL+Z or select ‘Undo’ from the Quick Access Toolbar.
You now understand how to include, organize, automate, and delete minor yet crucial elements like axis and chart titles. Remember to apply this method if you wish to utilize Excel charts to present your work in a thorough and precise manner. It’s simple and effective!