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How to display text labels in the X-axis of scatter chart in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-05-08

Have you ever encountered a problem that the text labels cannot be shown correctly on the X-axis of a scatter chart as below screenshot shown? In this article, I introduce an around-way for solving this problem.
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Display text labels in X-axis of scatter chart


Display text labels in X-axis of scatter chart

Actually, there is no way that can display text labels in the X-axis of scatter chart in Excel, but we can create a line chart and make it look like a scatter chart.

1. Select the data you use, and click Insert > Insert Line & Area Chart > Line with Markers to select a line chart. See screenshot:
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2. Then right click on the line in the chart to select Format Data Series from the context menu. See screenshot:
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3. In the Format Data Series pane, under Fill & Line tab, click Line to display the Line section, then check No line option. See screenshot:
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If you are in Excel 2010 or 2007, check No line in the Line Color section.
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Then only the markers are displayed in the chart which look like a scatter chart.
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What if you had two (or more) values for one product (or all)? For example, imagine these are statistical estimates. Product D had a sales estimate of 23 and another of 26. In the graph you want two see two dots for Product D. One at 23 and another at 26 above it in the same vertical space. But instead Excel makes Product D show up twice, once at 23 and to the right in another vertical space or column Product D at 26. I can almost get what I want with the Boxpot option, but there is no way to turn off the quartile calculation to get rid of the box. And no way to turn on showing all the individual dots.
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So helpful and to the point
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Thanks you. Helpful alternative to Scatter chart
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Extremely helpful alternative
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Thank you so much, this solved my problem in just few seconds, genial!
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This does not tell how to change X-axis 1,2,3,4 to A,B,C,D (or other text).
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Hi, Eppu, there is no way to directly change 12345 in x axis to abcde in Excel. This tutorial just provides a roundabout way which using the line chart to instead of the scatter chart to show the text labels in x axis.
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This article does not detail how to label axis only data sets.
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Thanks you!!!
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Há como fazer o mesmo mas no eixo Y?
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