How To Add Axis Labels In Excel Charts

2.4 min read|Last Updated: January 26th, 2024|Categories: excel|
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When you create an Excel chart, both horizontal and vertical axes don’t have titles. In this tutorial, we will learn how to insert axis titles and labels in Excel.

Obviously, you can name axes in charts that include them already. For example, pie or doughnut charts have no X or Y axis, so they can’t be named.

Method 1- Add Axis Title by The Add Chart Element Option

As soon as you click on the chart area, two extra tabs appear on the ribbon related to the chart; the Design and the Format tabs.

To add the axes titles for your chart, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the chart area.
  2. Go to the Design tab from the ribbon.
  3. Click on the Add Chart Element option from the Chart Layout group.
  4. Select the Axis Titles from the menu. 
  5. Select the Primary Vertical to add labels to the vertical axis, and Select the Primary Horizontal to add labels to the horizontal axis.


How to use the Add Chart Element to add axis title.
Picture 1- Add axis title by the Add Chart Element option