You cannot use the Name box to rename a chart in Excel 2007


Symptoms


When you use the Name box to rename a chart in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, the chart is not renamed.

Note The Name box is located on the formula bar.

Workaround


To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.
  • Use the chart properties. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Select the chart.
    2. Click the Layout tab under Chart Tools, and then click Properties.
    3. In the Chart Name box, type the name of the chart, and then press ENTER.
  • Use a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro.

    The following code is an example of how to rename a chart in a VBA macro.

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    ActiveSheet.Shapes(1).name = chart_name