Modifying Axis Labels

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 23, 2014)

1

Depending on the type of chart that you create in a spreadsheet, Sheets may include axis labels. These labels are used to specify values that are displayed in the chart. It is entirely possible that you may want to modify the appearance of the axis labels to better suit your needs. Follow these steps:

  1. Insert your chart as you normally would.
  2. Click once on the labels you want to modify. (Your chart may have labels that appear along either the vertical or horizontal axes. Click the one you want to change.) Sheets displays a small control for the labels. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. Modifying the axis labels.

  4. Use the controls offered to modify the appearance of the axis labels (bold, italic, size, etc.).
  5. Click elsewhere in your spreadsheet to accept your changes.

You should note that the controls offered for the labels will differ, depending on the characteristics of your chart and which axis the labels are associated with. For instance, the horizontal axis labels may include a control that allows you to adjust the angle at which the labels appear. This type of control may not be available for the vertical axis labels.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Understanding the ADVANCE Field

You can use the Advance field to change where text is positioned in your document. This tip shows how to use it and the ...

Discover More

Turning Off Word's Second Guessing with Quote Marks

When you type quote marks in a document, Word normally changes them to Smart Quotes. They look better on a printout, but ...

Discover More

Transposing Two Words

A common editing task is to transpose two adjacent words, so that their order is changed. While the task is common, there ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Adding a Chart

Charts can be a great way to enhance the impact of otherwise boring numeric data. Sheets makes it easy to add a chart to ...

Discover More

Wrapping Text around an Image

There are two ways that Docs can treat an image in your document: Inline or text wrapped. Here's how to make sure that ...

Discover More

Changing an Axis Title

Axis titles help a reader to understand what is being displayed in a chart. Adding descriptive titles can, therefore, ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 + 7?

2015-07-01 14:27:37

Jerry Rogers

THank you for the information. Please address the issue of ADDING labels if they are not automatically generated.