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: Identifying Scatter Plot Points.

Identifying Scatter Plot Points

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 5, 2018)


Phil asked if it was possible to control exactly what information is shown as data labels in a scatter plot (xy) graph. It seems such functionality is not built directly into Excel. The best solutions involve the use of third-party add-ins to produce the desired results.

One highly recommended add-in is the XY Chart Labeler, created by Rob Bovey. You can find this free add-in here:

You can also find xy chart labeling features in some commercial add-ins, such as the Power Utility Pak by John Walkenbach:

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9812) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Identifying Scatter Plot Points.

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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 five minus 3?

2020-04-19 10:37:10

Alex B

Oops item 1 in my previous comment should read:
Dim sNewName

2020-04-18 22:42:34

Alex B

The macro above has a couple of errors in it:
1) Add the following statement
(most people will have Option Explicit set and this name needs to be defined)

2) Assuming A146:O146 has formulas in it, your copy results will come back with #REF!
since the formulas won't work in the new location
• Replace
w.Range(sRange).Copy Cells(lRow, 2)
• With
' Paste the data
Cells(lRow, 2).PasteSpecial xlPasteValues
' Turn off copy selection
Application.CutCopyMode = False

2020-04-18 05:14:58


There is also another method. On your summary sheet you can have the first column contain the names of the tabs. In each row, use the "Indirect" function to copy from each tab. The easiest way to do this is to fill the first cell with the reference you want to copy from e.g. from the above example, in cell B1, you would have the formula ={tab} A$146. Now change the formula to Indirect and have {tab} refer to the tab name in A1 ($A1). This will give you the result of Tab cell A146. The formula can be copied down and to the right. New rows can be added, all you need to do is change the tab name.
If you want to show various cells which aren't next to each other, you can add a line at the top where you show the column which needs to be selected. The formula should then also refer to the column on row 1 to pick up the column reference.
This can be expanded as much as you want, adding reference lines or columns to allow selection of any cell in a tab. This method of indirect function makes it clearer for the user where information comes from.

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