excel charts

Posted on 2014-10-16
Last Modified: 2014-10-22

I have some charts which show monthly volumes comparing two years.  How do I have a text box for example, or whatever is best, show the total of the months for each year?  Also these charts are used by a word file which is linked to the excel file.  Not sure if that matters.

Question by:jverasql
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by:Glenn Ray
ID: 40385524
Could you show a screenshot of your existing chart - or better yet, attach an example of the Excel file (redacted, if necessary).

It's possible to add data lables to appear over/under existing bars or columns, but it depends on the type of chart.


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ID: 40385778
I have several different kinds bar, line and stacked bars ...most using pivot tables and a few using regular tables.

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ID: 40385941
I do not have the Power Pivots Excel Add .  Is this necessary? I am using Excel 2010.
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by:Glenn Ray
ID: 40386827
Inasmuch as I haven't yet seen an example of the kinds of charts for which you require data labels, I don't believe you do not need the Power Pivot add-in for any of this.

Again, an example screen shot or sample file would be very helpful.

You may also want to add "Microsoft Excel" to your topics for this question to get a wider response.


Author Comment

ID: 40387368
I figured out how to add a text box to the chart and when I enter the cell reference it appears.  How do I link it to the pivot table, so the text box always updates with the grand total.  The grand total changes cells from to month.

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jverasql earned 0 total points
ID: 40387379
Okay I figured it out.  I linked a cell to the pivot grand total and then linked the text box to the cell.

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ID: 40396495
I figured it out.

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