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    Getting chart data labels to be different to the label on the pivot table

    Hi,

    i would like to my chart part of my pivot chart to show the data row names to be more descriptive than the abbreviated data row names in the source.
    attached is my data, in sheet 1, the data is in green with the corresponding pivot table.

    for example on my data row of LL this stands for LEVEL LEVEL which is what i would like , ideally, on my chart.
    i cant really change the source data to LEVEL LEVEL as i would receive it in abbreviated form in future.

    please do reply if im not making sense, but basically on the chart, the name labels of LL,SW, etc above the 0, i would like to change their name

    i have searched elsewhere , you tube , etc, but am getting just how to change headings, legend, name etc.

    so much thanks for any help whom may know an answer to this

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    Re: Getting chart data labels to be different to the label on the pivot table

    Pivot charts are good when they work, but they have certain limitations on them -- such as these kind of formatting issues.

    I think the easiest way to achieve this is to change the data in the source data for the pivot table. Probably by adding a helper column to the source table that contains the expanded axis label you want to use. Then use that column in your pivot table instead of the abbreviated column. The chart, naturally, will follow right along.

    If you decide that you just cannot change the source data to include the desired expanded text, then you will need to add that text from somewhere outside of the pivot table, which means you cannot use a pivot chart. You will need to start with this tutorial (https://peltiertech.com/regular-char...-pivot-tables/ ) that describes how to make a normal chart from a pivot table. Then you will have the added flexibility to add a dummy series and label it or to use a range outside of the pivot table for the vertical category axis labels or other strategy for adding different text to the axis.

    How would you like to proceed?
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    Re: Getting chart data labels to be different to the label on the pivot table

    Many thanks, ill think ill just leave the table with abbreviated data labels. i cannot change the source data, but i will look into a helper column. i guess that will identify the abbreviated data, e.g LL and change it automatically to LEVEL LEVEL. thanks for help

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