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Axis Titles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to add and edit Axis Titles in PowerPoint 2013.

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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.
Axis Titles don't show up by default
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:

  1. 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).

    Axis Titles enabled
    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).

    Axis Titles sub-gallery
    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:

    1. Primary Horizontal option is to enable the Category axis title.

    2. Primary Vertical option is to enable the Value axis title.

  2. Either way, you end up enabling Axis Titles. Now, overwrite the default 'Axis Title' boilerplate text with your own Chart Axis Title.

  3. 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).

    More Options
    Figure 4: More Options

  4. Either of the above options will access the Format Axis Title Task Pane, as shown in Figure 5.

    Format Axis Title Task Pane
    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.

  5. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Axis Titles in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Axis Titles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


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