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: Using Dynamic Chart Titles.

Using Dynamic Chart Titles

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 7, 2015)

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There is a very cool way, apparently not well known, of adding 'active' or 'live' titles and other text to charts. In this way you can make a change in a worksheet and have that change reflected in a title in the chart. Follow these steps:

  1. Create your chart as you normally would.
  2. Add whatever titles, datapoints, axis names, etc. are desired.
  3. Select the title you want to modify. Small handles should appear around the title.
  4. In the Formula bar enter the address of the cell you want to use for the title. (Make sure the address includes the sheet name with it.) For instance, if the title is in cell A1 of the MySheet worksheet, you would enter the following in the formula bar:
     =MySheet!$A$1

That's it. Now, whenever the contents of A1 are changed Excel updates the information in the chart's title.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9701) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Using Dynamic Chart Titles.

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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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What is two more than 9?

2017-07-11 09:16:35

J

For anyone asking how to make one part dynamic and one part static, just designate a cell that will contain your title and use a formula to determine the contents of the cell. It doesn't seem that excel will let you put formulas into the chart title directly.

For example:
You have the name of the month in cell A1 on Sheet1, and you want the title of the chart to be "[month] Sales".

Choose a cell that currently doesn't have any data. (For this example it will cell A2 on Sheet1.) In that cell, type:
='Sheet1'A1&" Sales"

Set cell this cell (A2) as the title of your chart as described in the main post.

If you don't like having the title visible you can hide the cell that it's in or even put it on a hidden sheet.


Hope this helps!


2016-11-30 15:02:19

Ruth

Hi,

I tried this and it displayed the data in the cell....but when I changed the text in the source cell, it didn't update the text box on the chart.

How do I make it do that? I am working with Excel 2013/Windows 10

Cheers


2016-10-12 09:49:28

Stacy Briggs

What if I want to have one part of the title stay the same, and one part dynamic? I have dynamic charts for variables with a drop down. Each variable has a location it's tied to. Ex: August sales (stays the same)- ABC Road (location changes from dynamic drop down). Is this feasible?


2016-09-15 12:05:55

JBolling

For some reason, this is not working for me. I am entering: =Sheet1!$b$1 and that is what is displaying. Have done a number of times. I have Excel 2013. The cell is being formatted as general or text. Could some option be preventing the change? It seems to be an awesome, simple tip but . . .


2016-07-06 03:42:33

MarkW

This was exactly what I was looking for and works a treat - thanks!


2016-02-18 00:01:59

Shaz

How do I go if I want the text to display like this:

This is the full total (366,055) for horses

I create a variable in cell a5 where I concatenate the text and cell containing 366,055 yet the chart displays:

This is the full total (366055) for horses
It doesn't have the formatting?


2016-01-28 11:50:12

mvz

what if you want to link to an external data source, not a cell? I am feeding my chart data from an outside data source so I have no cell from a pivot table to link to....


2015-10-09 12:31:01

Steve

Excellent tip!! Just a warning to others: I had a worksheet named:

Automotive_X-STORE

Excel had an issue with the 'minus' sign. I got rid of it, and it worked!

Thanks very much!!


2015-09-23 11:07:34

João Martins

Thank you!!!!
So simple and so efective.


2015-09-15 12:19:08

RDS

So cool! You just helped make charting easier and less tedious for us at work.

Thanks!


2015-08-25 15:23:45

Lindi

Is there a way to have the font size vary in the title if it is a formula?


2015-07-30 13:45:40

MHW

What if:
- What if I want to combine text with cell value?
Then you should combine text and cell value in a new cell (e.g. set cell A2 to: ="Chart: " & A1, then reference cell A2 in the Chart Title.

- What if I want to reference a named formula say reference is named "Chart_Name"?
Then similar to above, set cell A2 to: ="Chart: " & Chart_Name, then reference cell A2 in the Chart Title.

Cheers!


2015-06-24 06:24:20

TW

Thanks for this!


2015-06-11 07:13:26

Jc

Thank you!


2015-06-05 08:56:22

cj

Exactly the answer I was looking for.
Thanks


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