To move a Series Legend (or Format it), click on the Legend to select
Once the Legend is selected, right click to see the following menu:
Click on Format Legend, and you’ll see a new dialogue box appear:
Click on the Placement Tab, and select Left for the Placement.
Then click OK. Your Series Legend will move to the left:
By moving it to the left, however, the text on the Category X Axis
has went back to a double line, instead of just one single line. To
cure this, you can resize the chart area.
Resize a Chart
Resizing the Chart itself is quite easy. The hard part is selecting
it in the first place! To see what you need to select, have a look at
There’s now two areas with shaded lines around them, an outer area
and an inner. The one you’re trying to get on your chart is the inner
one (called the Plot Area). To select this, click on the any
of the numbers running from top to bottom, the 3 say. When you’ve clicked
on a number, click just to the left of it, in a white area. Don’t click
too far to the left, otherwise the Plot Area won’t be selected.
When your chart looks like ours above, move your mouse over the black
square second to the right. The pointer will change shape:
When your mouse pointer changes to the shape of a double-headed arrow,
hold your left mouse button down. Keep it held down and drag to the
Let go of the left mouse button when the text on the Category X Axis
is all on one line. Your chart will be resized:
To see what it all looks like, click anywhere outside of the chart
(on the Title at the top, for example).
If you need to move your chart, click on it once. You’ll see white
squares or circles around the whole Chart Object. Drag your chart to
a new position. Or you can nudge it in to place by holding down the
Shift key on your keyboard, and then using the arrow keys.
When you’re done, your completed Slide Two should look something like
And that’s it for 3D bar charts! In the next tutorial, you’ll learn
how to insert a Pie Chart onto a PowerPoint slide.