It is free for anyone to use and can be downloaded from http: Rob colls it the XY Chart Labeler, but it actually works with any chart type that supports data labels.
When installed, the add-in adds a custom ribbon tab with a handful of useful commands. The tab is added at the end of the ribbon, but being pressed for space I moved it digitally to the beginning.
With a chart selected, click the Add Labels ribbon button if a chart is not selected, a dialog pops up with a list of charts on the active worksheet. A dialog pops up so you can choose which series to label, select a worksheet range with the custom data labels, and pick a position for the labels.
If you select a single label, you can see that the label contains a link to the corresponding worksheet cell. This is like the previous method, but less tedious and much faster. After years and years of listening to its users begging, Microsoft finally added an improved labeling option to Excel Click on the new checkbox for Values From Cells, and a small dialog pops up that allows you to select a range containing your custom data labels.
Then uncheck the Y Value option. I also uncheck the Show Leader Lines option, which is another enhancement added in Excel While these data labels are not explicitly linked to worksheet cells as in the previous approaches, they still reflect any changes to the cells that contain the labels.
Also, writing your own code allows you to streamline your workflow according to your specific requirements.
To quickly identify a data series in a chart, you can add data labels to the data points of the chart. By default, the data labels are linked to values on the. Try the Recommended Charts command on the Insert tab to quickly create a Create a chart in Excel for Mac Format data labels in a chart in Office for Mac.
This routine first makes sure a chart is selected, then it determines which series is to be labeled. Thursday, June 11th, under Data Labels. Great post Jon.
For data labels, the best tool by far is the XY chart label add in. Insert a row with new X value, Y value, and Label. Values from Cells adds the point and label smoothly. The Chart Labeler chart adds the point with a data label, but the label and position are not as expected based on the other points.
Now if I delete a couple rows, while the labels still work in both charts, the Chart Labeler chart uses broken formulas for its labels, so I get the following error. Thank you!!
Knowing nothing about VB and having excel I was able to copy and paste your code and add labels to my quadrant! Saved me a ton of time!
There are several reasons for this. First, it is easier for any programmer to write applications for Windows than for Mac. Second, the market for Mac Office is a tenth of that for Windows Office and in fact, for much of the past few decades it was much less than a tenth. Excuses made, it is still very frustrating that Excel is so much different on Mac than on Windows. Is it possible to use a range like Table1[ Something]? Actually, you can, but Excel converts it to its cell address equivalent.
But if you are using the Value from Cells option for your data labels, and your chart used all rows of the table, then adding a row will mean any new points get their labels from the new cell in the labels column of the table. Wow Jon, thanks! Thaks for your very fast reply. I had to open the file on a Windows computer, did the job, re-opened in my Mac again and it worked pretty well.
But, when you do so, it will get a strange random format. The XY Chart Labeler provides the following options:.
Even though this utility is called the XY Chart Labeler, it is capable of labeling any type of Excel chart series that will accept data labels. If you need help getting started with the XY Chart Labeler, download this instructions document.
The following procedures apply to Office and newer versions. Looking for Office steps? Click the data series or chart. To label one data point, after clicking the series, click that data point. If you want to show your data label inside a text bubble shape, click Data Callout. To make data labels easier to read, you can move them inside the data points or even outside of the chart. To move a data label, drag it to the location you want.
If you decide the labels make your chart look too cluttered, you can remove any or all of them by clicking the data labels and then pressing Delete. If the text inside the data labels is too hard to read, resize the data labels by clicking them, and then dragging them to the size you want. Right-click the data series or data label to display more data for, and then click Format Data Labels.
Click Label Options and under Label Contains , pick the options you want. When the Data Label Range dialog box appears, go back to the spreadsheet and select the range for which you want the cell values to display as data labels. When you do that, the selected range will appear in the Data Label Range dialog box. Then click OK. Click the data label with the text to change and then click it again, so that it's the only data label selected. If you want to add a comment about your chart or have only one data label, you can use a textbox. This displays the Chart Tools , adding the Design , and Format tabs.
Click a data label one time to select all data labels in a data series or two times to select just one data label that you want to delete, and then press DELETE. This removes all data labels from a data series. To add a data label to all data points of a data series, click one time to select the data series that you want to label. To add a data label to a single data point in a data series, click the data series that contains the data point that you want to label, and then click the data point again. On the Layout tab, in the Labels group, click Data Labels , and then click the display option that you want.
To display additional label entries for all data points of a series, click a data label one time to select all data labels of the data series. To display additional label entries for a single data point, click the data label in the data point that you want to change, and then click the data label again. You can also right-click the selected label or labels on the chart, and then click Format Data Label or Format Data Labels.