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Chart Title in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to add a Chart Title in PowerPoint 2013.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8







A Chart Title of course is something that describes your chart. And PowerPoint charts do have an option to use a placeholder to contain this Chart Title. However, before you go ahead and use this option, you must decide if you need this Chart Title placeholder or not. Here are some guidelines that will help you make that decision:

  • If you have just one chart on your slide and nothing else, your slide's title can be the title of your chart and no separate chart title placeholder is required.
  • If you need both, a title and a sub-title for your chart, the slide's title can be your chart title -- and the Chart Title placeholder can contain the sub-title.
  • When there are multiple charts on a slide, then each chart will benefit from a separate title.

Now that we have explored these guidelines on Chart Titles, let us explore how you add and position them: First of all, you should have a chart inserted on your PowerPoint slide. Then, follow these steps to learn more:

  1. When you insert a chart in PowerPoint 2013, you will see the default Title, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.

    Chart Title enabled by default in PowerPoint 2013
    Figure 1: Chart Title enabled by default in PowerPoint 2013

    If you can't see the text Chart Title as shown in Figure 1, above, click the Chart Elements button (the plus sign highlighted in blue within Figure 1, above). This opens the Chart Elements gallery, shown in Figure 2, below. Within the Chart Elements gallery, make sure that the Chart Title check-box is selected as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2. This will enable the Chart Title placeholder in your chart as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, above.

    Chart Elements gallery
    Figure 2: Chart Elements gallery

  2. Once the default Chart Title is made visible, overwrite the text 'Chart Title' boilerplate text with your own text. To do that first select the entire dummy text, 'Chart Title' as shown in Figure 3.

    Dummy Chart Title text selected
    Figure 3: Dummy Chart Title text selected

  3. Then, just type the actual chart title. In Figure 4 you can see that we changed the default name to 'Export Report' (highlighted in red within Figure 4).

    Chart Title text changed
    Figure 4: Chart Title text changed

  4. You can also change the position of the Chart Title. To do that, first click the Chart Elements button (the plus sign highlighted in red within Figure 5). This opens the Chart Elements gallery. Within the Chart Elements gallery, hover your cursor over the Chart Title option. This brings up a right-arrow as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 5. Click this right-arrow to open the Chart Title sub-gallery (highlighted in green within Figure 5) which includes various position options for the Chart Title.

    Chart Title sub gallery
    Figure 5: Chart Title sub gallery

    Let us explore the options within the Chart Title drop-down gallery:

    1. Above Chart: Selecting this option positions the Chart Title above the chart, as shown in Figure 4, above (highlighted in red).

    2. Centered Overlay: Works similar to the Above Chart option except that it places the Chart Title overlapping the Plot Area, as you can see in Figure 6 (highlighted in red).

      Chart Title added overlapping the Plot Area
      Figure 6: Chart Title added overlapping the Plot Area

    3. More Options: Selecting this option opens the Format Chart Title Task Pane, as shown in Figure 7.

      Format Chart Title Task Pane
      Figure 7: Format Chart Title Task Pane

      The options within this Format Chart Title Task Pane work 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.

      Tip: Want your Chart Title to be placed below the chart for some reason? It's easy -- just drag the Chart Title placeholder anywhere you want.

  5. Add and format the Chart Title as required. Save your presentation often.

See Also: Chart Title in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

 

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