Changing the Legend Location

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 16, 2014)

A chart's legend is used to explain the various colors or patterns used in a chart. By default, Sheets places the legend to the right of the actual chart. You, being the non-conformist individual you are, may want to move that legend to a different place relative to the chart. Here's how you do it:

  1. Insert your chart as you normally would.
  2. Click once on the legend area of the chart. Sheets displays a control area for the legend. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. Modifying the legend location.

  4. Click the positioning control, which defaults to Right. Sheets displays a variety of locations where it can place the legend.
  5. Click once on the location you want to use. Sheets immediately moves the legend.
  6. Use the controls to make any other changes desired.
  7. Click elsewhere in your spreadsheet to accept your changes.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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