How to Insert Axis Labels In An Excel Chart

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We can create charts in Excel to transform data sheets into visual statements. But there are times when we may need to have axis labels on those charts so that other users can easily read and understand our chart. In this tutorial, we will learn how to add axis labels to an Excel chart. 

Figure 1 – How to add axis titles in Excel

Add label to the axis in Excel 2016/2013/2010/2007

We can easily add axis labels to the vertical or horizontal area in our chart. The method below works in the same way in all versions of Excel. 

How to add horizontal axis labels in Excel 2016/2013

  • We have a sample chart as shown below

Figure 2 – Adding Excel axis labels

  • Next, we will click on the chart to turn on the Chart Design tab
  • We will go to Chart Design and select Add Chart Element

Figure 3 – How to label axes in Excel

  • In the drop-down menu, we will click on Axis Titles, and subsequently, select Primary Horizontal 

Figure 4 – How to add excel horizontal axis labels

  • Now, we can enter the name we want for the primary horizontal axis label

Figure 5 – How to change horizontal axis labels in Excel

How to add vertical axis labels in Excel 2016/2013

  • We will again click on the chart to turn on the Chart Design tab
  • We will go to Chart Design and select Add Chart Element

Figure 6 – Insert axis labels in Excel

  • In the drop-down menu, we will click on Axis Titles, and subsequently, select Primary vertical

Figure 7 – Edit vertical axis labels in Excel

  • Now, we can enter the name we want for the primary vertical axis label. 

Figure 8 – How to edit axis labels in Excel

Add Axis Label in Excel 2016/2013

In Excel 2016 and 2013, we have an easier way to add axis labels to our chart. 

  • We will click on the Chart to see the plus sign symbol at the corner of the chart

Figure 9 – Add label to the axis 

  • We will click on the plus sign to view its hidden menu
  • Here, we will check the box next to Axis title

Figure 10 – How to label axis on Excel

  • We can click on the right arrow next to the Axis title to view another menu, where we can mark on or off axis title for the primary horizontal and primary vertical axis labels 

Figure 11 – How to label axes