Adding Text Boxes to Charts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 30, 2014)


When you create a chart from your Excel data, you may want to add text boxes to the chart for any number of purposes (copyright statement, explanation, notes, etc.). There are two quick ways you can add a text box.

The first method is to use the Drawing toolbar. Simply make sure it is displayed, then click the Text Box tool. The mouse pointer changes to crosshairs, and you can click and drag to outline the text box you want created.

The second way to create a text box is to use the Formula bar. Make sure you select any part of your chart except a title or data label. Click in the Formula bar and start typing what you want to appear in the text box. When you press Enter, the text you typed is placed in a text box in the center of the chart. You can then move and resize the text box, as desired.

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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. ...


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2016-05-13 07:39:21

Mohammed Shueyb Amin

Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to insert a chart inside a comment box in excel?

I keep performance stast for my team. But the space to insert a chart for each person is small. If I have to I can create another page to put the charts in, however it would be easier if I can see this in a comment box I have inserted in a person's name cell. If this makes sense?

2012-04-10 11:39:15

Oscar Arango

Yes, that's exactly what I'm looking for. How to attach a note to a point on a graph that moves over time.

Do we have an answer for this ?
Thanks for your help

2012-01-22 18:11:17

Gary Burke

The real benefit of text boxes on a graph would be attach a comment to particular point on the graph.

An example would be say on a share price graph, attaching anote like "Interest rate cut" on say data for April 2009. This would explain why the share price has dropped, or increased.

There would be many examples of why a note would want to be attached to a given point.

This is easy to do manually, however, as the graph starts to get more data (over time), the note would no longer be attached to the same graph point.

Maybe this tip could be expanded to show subscribers "how" to attach a note to a point on a graph that moves over time.

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