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How to Add Data Labels in Excel – Excelchat

The data labels are the values of the data series of the chart providing the information as numbers or percent values being graphed. By default, data labels are not displayed when we insert a chart. We need to add labels to the chart to make it easy to understand by displaying the details of the data series.

Figure 1. Data Labels

How to Add Data Labels

Adding data labels is dependent on MS Excel version. There is a difference between MS Excel versions on how to add labels.

In Excel 2010 And Earlier Versions

After inserting a chart in Excel 2010 and earlier versions we need to do the followings to add data labels to the chart;

  • Click inside the chart area to display the Chart Tools.

Figure 2. Chart Tools

  • Click on Layout tab of the Chart Tools. In Labels group, click on Data Labels and select the position to add labels to the chart.

Figure 3. Chart Data Labels

Figure 4. How to Add Data Labels

In Excel 2013 And Later Versions

In Excel 2013 and the later versions we need to do the followings;

  • Click anywhere in the chart area to display the Chart Elements button

Figure 5. Chart Elements Button

  • Click the Chart Elements button > Select the Data Labels, then click the Arrow to choose the data labels position.

Figure 6. How to Add Data Labels in Excel 2013

Figure 7. Add Labels to Chart

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