How do I get a label in a scatter plot instead of "Series 1 Point"?


Board Regular
May 30, 2011
I've got a scatter plot and when I hover over a point, it says something like:

Series 1 Point "1.03" (1.03, 4.12)
Series 1 Point "2.7" (2.7, 3.06)

I'd prefer for it to say:

Thomas (1.03, 4.12)
Leslie (2.7, 3.06)

I can get the labels onto the chart, the problem is when hovering the mouse, everything shows as "Series 1 Point." All of the names are in my first column, but I can't get the hover window to show them.
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MrExcel MVP
Sep 2, 2009
It works for me. How is your chart data layed out.

I put the series names in A2:A5
The X-axis values in B1:M1
And the Y-Axis values in B2:M5
A1 is blank

Used A1:M6 as the source data (series in rows) and made an XY Scatter chart

Hovering over any data point showed the Series Name (as seen in A2:A5) and the X,Y value


MrExcel MVP
Sep 2, 2009
Hide columns H:I
Make an Scatter chart with data range G6:K98 and data series in Rows

Jon Peltier

MrExcel MVP
May 14, 2003
Those little charttips that appear when you hover over the points are not very flexible. They are not actually labels, by the way. They show series name, point number (the X value), and the X and Y values in parentheses. Yeah, X appears twice.

In order to see the location, you need to set up the chart to have one series per row of the data. Tedious by hand, though possible. Easier with VBA. Here's something quick and dirty I cobbled together.

Sub ChartOneSeriesPerRow()
  If TypeName(Selection) <> "Range" Then GoTo BadData
  Dim DataRange As Range
  Set DataRange = Selection
  If DataRange.Areas.Count > 1 Then GoTo BadData
  If DataRange.Columns.Count <> 3 Then GoTo BadData

  Dim TheChart As Chart
  Set TheChart = ActiveSheet.Shapes.AddChart2(240, xlXYScatter).Chart
  Do While TheChart.SeriesCollection.Count > 0
  Dim DataRow As Long
  For DataRow = 1 To DataRange.Rows.Count
    With TheChart.SeriesCollection.NewSeries
      .Values = DataRange.Cells(DataRow, 3)
      .XValues = DataRange.Cells(DataRow, 2)
      .Name = "=" & DataRange.Cells(DataRow, 1).Address(, , , True)
    End With
  TheChart.HasLegend = False
  Exit Sub
  MsgBox "Select a range with three columns Name, X, and Y", _
      vbExclamation, "Select Data"
End Sub
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