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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Identifying Scatter Plot Points.
Phil asked if it was possible to control exactly what information is shown as data labels in a scatter plot (xy) graph. It seems such functionality is not built directly into Excel. The best solutions involve the use of third-party add-ins to produce the desired results.
One highly recommended add-in is the XY Chart Labeler, created by Rob Bovey. You can find this free add-in here:
You can also find xy chart labeling features in some commercial add-ins, such as the Power Utility Pak by John Walkenbach:
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2615) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Identifying Scatter Plot Points.
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