Add axis titles to a chart

After you create a chart, you can add axis titles to the horizontal and vertical axes in charts that have axes. You can’t add them to charts that don’t have axes such as pie and doughnut charts.

Much like a chart title you can add, axis titles help the people who view the chart understand what the data is about..

Stached Column chart with axis titles

Here’s how you add axis titles:

  1. If you see the Viewing button on the ribbon, click it, and then click Editing.

    If you see the Editing button on the ribbon, you are ready to add axis titles.

  2. Click anywhere in the chart to show the Chart button on the ribbon.

  3. Click Chart > Axis Titles, point to Primary Horizontal Axis Title or Primary Vertical Axis Title, and then click the axis title option you want.

    Primary horizontal and vertical axis title options

  4. In the Title text box, type a title for the axis.

    To start a new line in the title, press Enter.

Edit Title box

Edit or remove axis titles

You can change the axis titles or remove them from the chart.

  1. Click anywhere in the chart to show the Chart button.

  2. Click Chart > Axis Titles > Primary Horizontal Axis or Primary Vertical Axis Title.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To change the title, click Edit Horizontal Axis Title or Edit Vertical Axis Title and edit the text in the Title text box.

    • To remove the title, click None.

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