Cannot Resize the Chart Area of a chart located on a Chartsheet

Starting from Excel 2010,  you cannot adjust the size of the chart area when the chart is located on a chart sheet. Excel 2007 would allow you to resize the chart area.

Consider this scenario:

1. When you try to resize charts on a chart sheet, Excel displays the resize handle, but it won't let you resize the chart.

2. After upgrading a file created in Excel 2007 if the chart is positioned to be small on the chart sheet, it will snap to maximum size on the chart sheet. 
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This behavior was changed in Excel 2010 and later versions, which is the intended design. 

Alternatives to resizing the chart area on the chart sheet include:

-Resize the plot area and position other elements to match.

-Embed the chart in the worksheet instead of a chart sheet. To do this, follow these steps: 
  1. Highlight the chart.
  2. On the Chart Tools ribbon choose Design
  3. Click on Move Chart
  4. Choose where you want the chart to be placed: Object in: Choose the worksheet tab you want to place it.
  5. Click OK.

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Article ID: 2850644 - Last Review: 09/23/2015 08:57:00 - Revision: 3.0

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