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Labeling the data points in XY scatter plot (Excel 2000)

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I like to label the data points in a XY scatter plot using the characters in a column. I have 3 columns of data. The first two columns are the data of X and Y coordinates and the third one contains the index of each data point.
In the Excel, there are 'chart options' which label the data points, such as "show value" and "show lable". However, these options use only the data in the first two columns. Is there a simple method to label the data point using the data in the third column ?

Thanks for the help.

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Download the XY Chart Labeler at http://www.bmsltd.co.uk/MVP/Default.htm 

It is free and it works a charm (for Excel 97, therefore test it)
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The inherent trick, linking a cell to the _textbox_ of a series label, can be done manually. If interested, ask.
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thanks for your help. The XY Chart Labler works well. If you can show me your trick, I like to learn it.

thanks again.

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The trick is simple but somewhat risky if applied on data points. End of mealy mouthed disclaimer.

Select a data single point, a four pronged arrow will appear . Make sure you do not move it or you will change the X or the Y value, no kidding. Right click it, again without trembling. Select 'Format Datapoint'. Select 'Data Labels'. Select 'Show Label or Value, does not matter. Select data label _textbox_. In the Formula Bar (View|FormulaBar) _write_ '=' (w/o quotes) then select the applicable cell. Thats all.

You can apply this trick to the chart and axis titles, and any textboxes or shapes too.
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CRI,
    Thank you very much. It works very well. I appreciate you help.

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ThAnk you.
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