Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007 and 2010. 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: Formatting the Border of a Legend.

Formatting the Border of a Legend

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 30, 2015)


When you create a chart in Excel, the Wizard that you follow may create a chart legend, depending on the type of chart you are creating. Normally, the appearance of the legend will be acceptable for the type of chart you are creating. You have complete control, however, over how the legend appears.

One of the elements you can change is the type of border Excel places around the legend. To change the appearance of the legend's border, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the legend to display a Context menu, then select Format Legend. Excel displays the Format Legend dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Format Legend dialog box.

  3. Use the Border Color option to change the color of the border.
  4. Use the Border Styles option to select different border styles and weights for the legend.
  5. Use the Shadow option to specify the type of shadow you want applied to the legend.
  6. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6153) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Formatting the Border of a Legend.

Author Bio

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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Do you know of a way to format a legend so that the series color dot is larger and placed above the legend text rather than to the left and relatively small as is the standard? (see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. Mock up of what is desired

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