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Hi Tom - I am working in Excel 2010.  I created a bar chart and want to add "Millions of Dollars" to tell the viewer what unit of measure they are looking at.  However, I was unable to do so.

Could you tell me how to add the text "Millions of Dollars"?


when you click in your chart, at the vary top of excel, above the menu you should see a colored area in the center labeled Chart tools.  Click on that.  There are three sub menus.  

click on layout.

In the labels section of the resulting ribbon choices, is a Axis Titles box.  Click on the down arrow in that and you can choose vertical or horizontal axis.  You will get an option for various positioning for the vertical if you choose that or below axis for horizontal.  Select what you want and edit the title that it puts in the graph to display Millions of Dollars.

Tom Ogilvy

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Tom Ogilvy


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