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How to copy chart with text boxes in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-09-11

In some cases, you may insert text boxes into a chart for doing some reminders as below screenshot shown. When copying this chart to another worksheet or a new place, you may notice that the added text boxes disappear from the chart. How to copy chart with added text boxes together in Excel? This article will show you solutions to achieve it.

Copy chart with text boxes in Excel
Copy chart with text boxes by grouping chart with all text boxes


Copy chart with text boxes in Excel

The following method can help you copy chart with text boxes in Excel.

1. Before inserting a text box, please click to select the chart firstly.

2. After selecting the chart, you can now insert text box by clicking Insert > Text Box.

3. Then draw the text box on the chart.

Note: Repeat the step 2 until needed text boxes are added to the chart.

Now every time you copy and paste the chart, the chart with added text boxes will be pasted together into a new place.


Copy chart with text boxes by grouping chart with all text boxes

If you have already added text boxes on the chart without selecting the chart in advance. Please try this method.

1. Hold down the Shift key, and then select the chart and text boxes one by one in your worksheet.

2. After selecting the chart and text boxes, right-click any place in the chart, and then click Group > Group from the context menu. See screenshot:

From now on, when copying the chart, all text boxes displaying on the chart will be copied at the same time.


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This does NOT seem to work with Box Plots. It appears that adding text boxes to a Box Plot is not possible...one can add text boxes to a Box Plot within a spreadsheet, but if the Box Plot in the spreadsheet is "moved" to its own Tab, the text boxes go away and cannot be re-added.
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