In a chart, is it possible to remove a series "Name" from the legend while keeping the series plot in the chart?

asked 2018-09-13 19:40:09 +0200

hughmac13 gravatar image

updated 2018-09-13 20:35:57 +0200

For the purpose of saving space and because that particular series is self-explanatory, I'd like to remove the Name of that series from the legend, but keep its series plot (in this case a straight horizontal line representing zero) in the graph, in my case a Points and Lines chart. Visually, it's nice to have that zero line as a kind of visual anchor, keeping the more important plotted series line in perspective. But because the visual line itself is so self-explanatory, it would be unnecessary to include it in the legend. Is this possible?

Also, what exactly is a "Category" in a chart? I believe I understand most of what's going on in the Data Ranges dialog box—which has taken some time to achieve, I can tell you—but I still don't know what the "Categories" are and what function they serve. In my charts the Catagories are always just a reiteration of the first column data series.


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In any case, it is advisable to study the documentation:

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2018-09-14 06:45:04 +0200 )edit

Always a great idea—which is why I already read it. If YOU had read it, you'd know my questions are not addressed therein.

hughmac13 gravatar imagehughmac13 ( 2018-09-14 15:17:18 +0200 )edit

If I knew what you know, I could answer more specifically. But you had no indication that you have already read the documentation. A good expert can certainly help you.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2018-09-14 15:43:47 +0200 )edit

No, you wouldn't have known, but I'm the type of person who always reads the documentation (and searches for relevant questions/answers) before asking a new question. There are a couple questions/answers here that almost touch on the issue, but not quite. In another forum online someone asked virtually the same question, but about Office, and that fix doesn't work here.

hughmac13 gravatar imagehughmac13 ( 2018-09-14 18:22:55 +0200 )edit

I don't have a good example to experiment with, but if you only have one series in the legend, it is simple to delete (or add) a legend from the chart. Double-click on the chart to put it in edit mode, right click on the legend and you should get a dialog box with the option to delete it. Some experimentation may be required but this works in v5.4.5.1.

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2018-09-14 21:43:09 +0200 )edit