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Identifying Scatter Plot Points

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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Comments for this tip:

Scott Renz    17 Aug 2015, 10:38
I would think that if an add-in could do it, then I could do it. Otherwise, what is so special about an add-in that it can accomplish this, but that there is no way that I could accomplish this without the add-in?

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