by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 10, 2018)
Microsoft Graph is a simple graphing program provided with Word. It includes the ability to view your graph data in both spreadsheet and graph formats. If the data you are presenting in Microsoft Graph is complex, particularly if you have many data series (rows of data to chart), you may want to add a legend. Legends provide a "road map" for your chart so a reader can decipher what is included.
You can display a legend with your chart by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Legend tab of the Chart Options dialog box
If you later want to turn off display of the legend, you can repeat the above steps, but clear the Show Legend check box, instead (step 3).
Once the legend is displayed in your chart, you can use your mouse to position it. Simply point to the legend with the mouse, hold down the mouse button, and drag the legend to where you finally want it. When you release the mouse button, Microsoft Graph places the legend in the spot where you dragged it.
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