Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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: Moving a Chart's Legend.

Moving a Chart's Legend

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 19, 2020)

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Excel provides a wide range of charts you can use to graphically represent the data in your worksheet. The provided charts are just a start, however, as you can modify the base charts quite a bit. For instance, you can add a legend to your chart, as described in other issues of ExcelTips. Once your legend is placed, your options are still not complete. You can move the legend to any position within your chart.

To move a chart's legend, simply click on it once to select it. (You will know it is selected when handles appear around the perimeter of the legend.) Then use the mouse to click within the legend and drag the legend to the desired position on the chart. When you release the mouse button, the legend stays were you dropped it.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10520) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Moving a Chart's Legend.

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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 3?

2020-06-16 12:23:58

Allan

Also, how do you keep the legend from reverting to Series 1, 2, 3 etc. titles after adding new data?


2020-06-15 15:19:03

reginaphelange

What about when this doesn't work? I have Excel for Microsoft Office 365, and it isn't letting me drag the legend anywhere. It's locked in place (besides the preset top, left, right, etc. options). Any idea how to get it to move where I want? Thanks.


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