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Selecting Fonts for a Chart

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: Selecting Fonts for a Chart.

When creating a chart in Excel, you can add various elements to the charts, such as titles or data labels. Excel allows you to change the font used to display these elements, if you desire. You can change fonts for these elements individually. To do this, use these steps:

  1. Make sure your chart is visible on the screen and you have selected it. (You do this by clicking on the chart.)
  2. Select the text element whose font you wish to change. For instance, if you want to change the chart's title, click on the title. Excel displays small black squares around the element; this lets you know it is selected.
  3. Choose Selected from the Format menu. (The word "Selected" in the menu will be followed by the type of object you selected, as in "Selected Chart Title.") Excel displays the Format dialog box for the element.
  4. Make sure the Font tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Font tab of the Format Chart Title dialog box.

  6. Change the font settings, as desired.
  7. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3399) 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: Selecting Fonts for a Chart.

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