Mac Excel 2008 - How to add Data Labels for Scatter Plot coming from 3rd column (Label, X, Y)

AsherS

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Hello,

I'm using Excel 2008 for Mac & cannot figure out how to add a data label to an XY scatter plot that comes from a 3rd, separate column.

I have 3 columns of data: (A,B,C)
Labels, X values, Y values

When I select the Data Source for the Chart, there is a greyed out box for Category X axis labels, which is where I remember such information going in PC versions of Excel I used to use.

From the formatting palette, the only options to select for labels add the values of column B, but I need the reference from column A.

I'm not familiar with macros or visual basic.

Can you please help me find a fix to add these labels?

Please remember, this is Mac, Excel 2008.

Thank you,
Asher
 

cyrilbrd

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In Excel 2008, to select X axis for the labels: go to 'Formatting palette'
navigate to 'Chart Option'
Under 'Other options' select "category name' in Labels.
 

AsherS

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Cyrilbrd, this does not add a label from another column. This only displays the X-value and does not solve the issue.
 

cyrilbrd

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Cyrilbrd, this does not add a label from another column. This only displays the X-value and does not solve the issue.
Understood, so the data for the labels are not displayed on the chart, but would be used only for the labels only? Sadly excel 2008 had a few glitches and was a let down as compared with excel 2004. I might not have a readily made solution for you. sorry.
 

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