Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Turning the Legend On and Off.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 25, 2014)
When you create a chart in Excel, the program may automatically create a chart legend, depending on the type of chart you created. You are not limited to the automatic decision, however. You have complete control over whether a legend is displayed on your chart. Follow these steps:
An even easier way to delete the legend is to simply select the legend (step 1 in the above steps) and then press the Delete key. Excel is smart enough to know that you only want to get rid of the selected item—the legend.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (797) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning the Legend On and Off.
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