Axis Titles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Learn how to add and edit Axis Titles in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
The text used to label the chart axes in a
chart is called an Axis Title. All
chart types other than Pie and
Doughnut have axes -- and although Radar charts have an axis, there is no provision to add Axis
Title for them. In all other chart types such as Column, Line, etc., Axis Titles are not visible
by default as you can see in the chart shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Axis Titles don't show up by default
You have to make them visible first, and then edit them as required -- that's exactly what you are going to learn in this tutorial.
Follow these steps to learn how to add and edit axis titles in PowerPoint 2013:
- First insert a chart. Then select the chart
and click the Chart Elements button (the plus sign highlighted in red within
Figure 2). This opens the Chart Elements gallery. Within the Chart Elements
gallery, make sure that the Axis Titles check-box is selected as shown highlighted in
blue within Figure 2. This will enable both the Value
and Category Axis Titles in your chart (highlighted in green within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Axis Titles enabled
Alternatively, select the chart to activate the Chart Tools tabs on the Ribbon, -- select the Chart Tools Design tab as shown in Figure 3 (highlighted in red). Within the Chart Tools Design tab, click the Add Chart Element button (highlighted in blue within Figure 3) to bring up a drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3. Within this drop-down gallery, select the Axis Titles option as shown in Figure 3 (highlighted in green).
Figure 3: Axis Titles sub-gallery
This opens the Axis Titles sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 above). Within the Axis Titles sub-gallery, top two options are used to add Axis titles to your chart:
- Primary Horizontal option is to enable the Category axis title.
- Primary Vertical option is to enable the Value axis title.
- Either way, you end up enabling Axis Titles. Now, overwrite the default 'Axis Title' boilerplate text with your own Chart Axis Title.
- You can also format the Axis Titles as required. To do that select the Axis Title and access the Axis Titles
sub-gallery as explained in the preceding step, and select More Axis Title Options (the last option, highlighted
in orange within Figure 3, above).
Alternatively, access the Chart Elements gallery. Within the Chart Elements gallery, hover the cursor over the Axis Titles option to bring up a right-arrow as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4. Click this right-arrow to open the Axis Titles sub-gallery -- within the Axis Titles sub-gallery, select More Options (highlighted in blue within Figure 4).
Figure 4: More Options
- Either of the above options will access the Format Axis Title
Task Pane, as shown in
Figure 5: Format Axis Title Task Pane
The options within this Format Axis Title Task Pane work in the same way as they do for Chart Data Label. In our Format Data Label Options for Charts in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial you can get more info about these options -- read Step 2 onwards within that tutorial.
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