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Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn formatting fonts within charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 / 8






Even though charts are a visual medium, they still contain plenty of text in the form of data labels, titles, legend, axis labels, etc. Whenever you insert a new chart (or any other slide element), the default colors and fonts used are based on the active Theme of the presentation. In this tutorial you are going to learn how you can change the font and use other text options for charts in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Select the chart that contains some text you want to change the font for. If you don’t have a chart on your slide, insert a chart and select it.
  2. When you select the chart, you'll find that the entire Chart Area gets selected. If you want to change the Font and other text options only for a chart element, then you have to select that particular element by clicking on it. Alternatively, you can select any chart element from the Chart Tools Format tab of the Ribbon and change the Font and other text options. For now, click on the Horizontal Category Axis within your chart to select it, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.

    Horizontal Category Axis selected
    Figure 1: Horizontal Category Axis selected
  3. Thereafter, choose any of these two options to change the font and text formatting:

    i. Access the Home tab of the Ribbon and select the required options within the Font group, as shown in Figure 2 (highlighted in red).

    Font group within Home tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Font group within Home tab of the Ribbon

    ii. Carefully right-click on the Horizontal Category Axis and from the contextual menu that comes up, select the Font option as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    Font option selected
    Figure 3: Font option selected

    This will open the multi-tabbed Font dialog box that you can see in Figure 4, make sure that the Font tab is selected, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4. Some of the options within the Font group (refer to Figure 2, shown earlier on this page) are not included in the Font dialog box - primarily, the option to add shadow to the text.

    Font dialog box
    Figure 4: Font dialog box
  4. After making required changes to the text on the Horizontal Category Axis, click the OK button to get back to your slide. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Changing Fonts and Other Text Options for Charts in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

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