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: Adding Data Labels to Your Chart.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 30, 2015)
Data labels are used to indicate what the main part of the chart represents. Depending on the type of chart you are creating, data labels can mean quite a bit. For instance, if you are formatting a pie chart, the data can be more difficult to understand if you don't include data labels.
To add data labels, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Data Labels tab of the Chart Options dialog box.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2840) 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: Adding Data Labels to Your Chart.
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