Embellish your chart

Embellish your chart

PowerPoint enables you to embellish a chart in many ways: You can add titles, labels, legends, and many other things. The easiest way to add these elements is by selecting a chart layout. However, you can create your own unique chart layout by adding these elements on your own.

To do that, select the chart and then click the Chart Elements button that appears next to the chart. A list of chart elements appears. You can then select the chart elements you want to appear on your chart.

You can add:

  • Axes: Axes refer to the X– and Y-axes on which chart data is plotted. The X-axis is the horizontal axis of the chart, and the Y-axis is the vertical axis. For 3-D charts, a third axis — Z — is also used. The Axes control lets you show or hide the labels used for each chart axis.
  • Axis titles: These titles describe the meaning of each chart axis. Most charts use two axes titles: the Primary Horizontal Axis Title and the Primary Vertical Axis Title.
  • Chart titles: A chart title describes the chart’s contents. Usually, it appears at the top of the chart, but you can drag it to any location.
  • Data Labels: Lets you add labels to the data points on the chart.
  • Data Table: The data table is a table that shows the data used to create a chart.
  • Error Bars: Adds a graphical element that indicates a range of values for each point rather than a single point. The size of the range can be calculated as a fixed value, a percentage of the point value, or a standard deviation.
  • Gridlines: Gridlines are light lines drawn behind a chart to make it easier to find the position of each dot, bar, or line plotted by the chart.
  • Legends: A legend identifies the data series that appear in the chart. PowerPoint enables you to create a legend.
  • Trendline: Allows you to add line elements, which shows the trend of one or more data points, using one of several methods to calculate the trend.

    A chart with trendlines

Adding elements to a chart



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