Chart Data Labels in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add Data Labels within charts in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
In a PowerPoint chart, Data Labels are used to display various types of information. You can display the value, and/or the name of the
Chart Series, and/or the Categories right within or above the Series on the chart. Adding Data Labels can help the presenter reveal exact
values along with the Series, so that he or she need not check on the Value axis to ascertain approximate values of any Series. In a default
PowerPoint chart, you won't be able to see the Data Labels enabled, as shown in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: Data Labels are not visible by default in a PowerPoint chart
- Select the chart on your slide as shown in Figure 1. This brings up two Charts Tools
contextual tabs of the Ribbon -- select the
Design tab (highlighted in red within Figure 2). Then, click the Add
Chart Element button (shown highlighted in blue within Figure
2). This opens a drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 2 -- within this drop-down gallery, select the
Data Labels option to open a sub-gallery which includes various options for the Data Labels (highlighted in
green within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Data Labels sub-gallery
Alternatively, you can select the chart and click the Chart Elements button (the plus sign highlighted in red within Figure 3). This opens the Chart Elements gallery. Within the Chart Elements gallery, hover your cursor over the Data Labels option. This brings up a right-arrow as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3. Click this right-arrow to open the Data Labels sub-gallery (highlighted in green within Figure 3) which includes various options for the Data Labels.
Figure 3: Data Labels options
Both the Data Labels sub galleries shown in Figures 2 and 3 offer almost the same options -- except for the fact that the latter does not provide the None option. However, if the check box next to the Data Labels option is not selected (highlighted in orange within Figure 3), that is equal to selecting the None option.
Let us explore the options within the Data Labels sub-galleries:
- None: Selected by default, this option removes any existing Data Labels from the chart -- your chart may appear like
what you saw previously in Figure 1.
- Center: When you select this option, the Data Labels are placed in such a position that they overlap the Series at the
center, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Position of Data Labels when Center option is selected
- Inside End: When you select this option the Data Labels are placed overlapping the Series at the top area, as shown in
Figure 5: Position of Data Labels when Inside End option is selected
- Inside Base: When you select this option the Data Labels overlap the Series at the bottom area, as
shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Position of Data Labels when Inside Base option is selected
- Outside End: Places the Data Labels at the top of each Series as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Position of Data Labels when Outside End option is selected
- Data Callout: Places the Data Labels at the top of each Series and adds a
Rectangular Callout around each of them, as shown in
Figure 8. This is a new option in PowerPoint 2013 -- learn more about this option in our
Chart Data Callouts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorial. You can also change the shape of the Data Callout from simple Rectangle to
any other shape as explained in our
Change Callout Shapes for Data Labels in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorial.
Figure 8: Data Callouts added
- More Data Label Options (More Options): Summons the Format Data Labels
Task Pane that provides you with various
options to customize the appearance of your Data Labels, as shown in Figure 9. The options within this Task Pane are
explained in our
Format Data Label Options for Charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorial.
Figure 9: Format Data Labels Task Pane
- None: Selected by default, this option removes any existing Data Labels from the chart -- your chart may appear like what you saw previously in Figure 1.
- Select the Data Label options as required to add Data Labels to your chart.
- Save your presentation.
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