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Two questions:

Is it possible to individually color format Data Labels?

Can drop lines somehow be added to a trend line?

Thanks, Phil
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Hi Phil!

Yes, it is possible to individually color format data labels in Excel. Here's how you can do it:
  1. Select the chart that contains the data labels you want to format.
  2. Click on the data labels to select them.
  3. Right-click on one of the selected data labels and choose "Format Data Labels" from the context menu.
  4. In the Format Data Labels pane that appears, click on the "Label Options" tab.
  5. Under "Label Contains," select the options you want to format (e.g. "Value," "Category Name," etc.).
  6. Under "Label Options," choose "Label Colors" and select the color you want to use for the data labels.
  7. Click "Close" to apply the formatting changes.

As for your second question, it is possible to add drop lines to a trend line in Excel. Here's how:
  1. Select the chart that contains the trend line you want to add drop lines to.
  2. Click on the trend line to select it.
  3. Right-click on the trend line and choose "Format Trendline" from the context menu.
  4. In the Format Trendline pane that appears, click on the "Line Style" tab.
  5. Under "Line," choose "Drop Lines" and adjust the settings as desired (e.g. color, width, etc.).
  6. Click "Close" to apply the drop lines to the trend line.
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Phil,

Yes, you can individually color data labels. If you click on any data label
once, you will select all of the labels within the series. Click again and
you will select the individual label. In effect, double-click on the data
label to select it. Then use the fill-color icon or other formatting tools
to format the label.

I don't believe you can add drop down bars to a trendline via Excel's normal
trendline options. However, you can extract the formula for the trendline
via the "Display Equation on Chart" option and then plot data points using
the formula just like you would plot your normal data. You can then add
drop-down bars to the new plotted trendline.

For example, add the following data to a spreadsheet . . .

a 4
b 3
c 5
d 6

Create a normal line chart, add a linear trendline to the series, and use
the "Display Equation on Chart" option. The equation returned should be

y = ( 0.8 * x ) + 2.5

Using x =1, X=2, X=3, and X=4, extract the data points for the trendline.
They should be 3.3, 4.1, 4.9, and 5.7. Now delete the trendline. Plot a
second line series in the chart with the new trendline points. It should
look just like the original trendline did. Double-click on the second series
to get the Format Data Series dialog box. Go to Options - Drop Lines to add
the drop lines.

----
Regards,
John Mansfield
http://www.pdbook.com

"Phil Hageman" wrote:

Two questions:

Is it possible to individually color format Data Labels?

Can drop lines somehow be added to a trend line?

Thanks, Phil

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Phil -

Is it possible to individually color format Data Labels?


Yes. It takes two clicks to select one data label: the first click selects all
labels for a series. With one label selected, use your favorite formatting technique.

Can drop lines somehow be added to a trend line?


Add another XY series, and use error bars for the drop lines (negative, 100%).

- Jon
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Peltier Technical Services
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I presumed since Phil was making a trendline, he was using an XY Scatter chart type.
Otherwise the trendline might be less useful. That is why I suggested adding an XY
Scatter series, and since these do not support drop lines, I suggested error bars.

- Jon
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Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
Peltier Technical Services
Tutorials and Custom Solutions
http://PeltierTech.com/
_______

John Mansfield wrote:

Phil,

Yes, you can individually color data labels. If you click on any data label
once, you will select all of the labels within the series. Click again and
you will select the individual label. In effect, double-click on the data
label to select it. Then use the fill-color icon or other formatting tools
to format the label.

I don't believe you can add drop down bars to a trendline via Excel's normal
trendline options. However, you can extract the formula for the trendline
via the "Display Equation on Chart" option and then plot data points using
the formula just like you would plot your normal data. You can then add
drop-down bars to the new plotted trendline.

For example, add the following data to a spreadsheet . . .

a 4
b 3
c 5
d 6

Create a normal line chart, add a linear trendline to the series, and use
the "Display Equation on Chart" option. The equation returned should be

y = ( 0.8 * x ) + 2.5

Using x =1, X=2, X=3, and X=4, extract the data points for the trendline.
They should be 3.3, 4.1, 4.9, and 5.7. Now delete the trendline. Plot a
second line series in the chart with the new trendline points. It should
look just like the original trendline did. Double-click on the second series
to get the Format Data Series dialog box. Go to Options - Drop Lines to add
the drop lines.

----
Regards,
John Mansfield
http://www.pdbook.com

"Phil Hageman" wrote:


Two questions:

Is it possible to individually color format Data Labels?

Can drop lines somehow be added to a trend line?

Thanks, Phil




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John and Jon,

Extracting values for a new series works great. I'm using this technique in
charts with linier, log, and polynomial trendlines. After creating the new
series, the line is smoothed, drop lines and data labels added. Neat! Is
there a way to delete some of the new drop lines? I tried Y-bars too and
couldn't figure how to delete some of them.

"Jon Peltier" wrote:

I presumed since Phil was making a trendline, he was using an XY Scatter chart type.
Otherwise the trendline might be less useful. That is why I suggested adding an XY
Scatter series, and since these do not support drop lines, I suggested error bars.

- Jon
-------
Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
Peltier Technical Services
Tutorials and Custom Solutions
http://PeltierTech.com/
_______

John Mansfield wrote:

Phil,

Yes, you can individually color data labels. If you click on any data label
once, you will select all of the labels within the series. Click again and
you will select the individual label. In effect, double-click on the data
label to select it. Then use the fill-color icon or other formatting tools
to format the label.

I don't believe you can add drop down bars to a trendline via Excel's normal
trendline options. However, you can extract the formula for the trendline
via the "Display Equation on Chart" option and then plot data points using
the formula just like you would plot your normal data. You can then add
drop-down bars to the new plotted trendline.

For example, add the following data to a spreadsheet . . .

a 4
b 3
c 5
d 6

Create a normal line chart, add a linear trendline to the series, and use
the "Display Equation on Chart" option. The equation returned should be

y = ( 0.8 * x ) + 2.5

Using x =1, X=2, X=3, and X=4, extract the data points for the trendline.
They should be 3.3, 4.1, 4.9, and 5.7. Now delete the trendline. Plot a
second line series in the chart with the new trendline points. It should
look just like the original trendline did. Double-click on the second series
to get the Format Data Series dialog box. Go to Options - Drop Lines to add
the drop lines.

----
Regards,
John Mansfield
http://www.pdbook.com

"Phil Hageman" wrote:


Two questions:

Is it possible to individually color format Data Labels?

Can drop lines somehow be added to a trend line?

Thanks, Phil



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Every point in the series will have the error bars if you do it as I suggested.
Remove unwanted lines by deleting those points. You might have to have two extra
series, one for your new trendline, another for the desired droplines.

- Jon
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Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
Peltier Technical Services
Tutorials and Custom Solutions
http://PeltierTech.com/
_______

Phil Hageman wrote:

John and Jon,

Extracting values for a new series works great. I'm using this technique in
charts with linier, log, and polynomial trendlines. After creating the new
series, the line is smoothed, drop lines and data labels added. Neat! Is
there a way to delete some of the new drop lines? I tried Y-bars too and
couldn't figure how to delete some of them.

"Jon Peltier" wrote:


I presumed since Phil was making a trendline, he was using an XY Scatter chart type.
Otherwise the trendline might be less useful. That is why I suggested adding an XY
Scatter series, and since these do not support drop lines, I suggested error bars.

- Jon
-------
Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
Peltier Technical Services
Tutorials and Custom Solutions
http://PeltierTech.com/
_______

John Mansfield wrote:


Phil,

Yes, you can individually color data labels. If you click on any data label
once, you will select all of the labels within the series. Click again and
you will select the individual label. In effect, double-click on the data
label to select it. Then use the fill-color icon or other formatting tools
to format the label.

I don't believe you can add drop down bars to a trendline via Excel's normal
trendline options. However, you can extract the formula for the trendline
via the "Display Equation on Chart" option and then plot data points using
the formula just like you would plot your normal data. You can then add
drop-down bars to the new plotted trendline.

For example, add the following data to a spreadsheet . . .

a 4
b 3
c 5
d 6

Create a normal line chart, add a linear trendline to the series, and use
the "Display Equation on Chart" option. The equation returned should be

y = ( 0.8 * x ) + 2.5

Using x =1, X=2, X=3, and X=4, extract the data points for the trendline.
They should be 3.3, 4.1, 4.9, and 5.7. Now delete the trendline. Plot a
second line series in the chart with the new trendline points. It should
look just like the original trendline did. Double-click on the second series
to get the Format Data Series dialog box. Go to Options - Drop Lines to add
the drop lines.

----
Regards,
John Mansfield
http://www.pdbook.com

"Phil Hageman" wrote:



Two questions:

Is it possible to individually color format Data Labels?

Can drop lines somehow be added to a trend line?

Thanks, Phil




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Default Data Labels and Trendlines

Hi. I found this reply close to what i was searching. I want to get the
formula for the trendline in the power function but not in default i.e ax^b
but as a*(x-e)+c. I there any way to change the trendline equation to the one
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"John Mansfield" wrote:

Phil,

Yes, you can individually color data labels. If you click on any data label
once, you will select all of the labels within the series. Click again and
you will select the individual label. In effect, double-click on the data
label to select it. Then use the fill-color icon or other formatting tools
to format the label.

I don't believe you can add drop down bars to a trendline via Excel's normal
trendline options. However, you can extract the formula for the trendline
via the "Display Equation on Chart" option and then plot data points using
the formula just like you would plot your normal data. You can then add
drop-down bars to the new plotted trendline.

For example, add the following data to a spreadsheet . . .

a 4
b 3
c 5
d 6

Create a normal line chart, add a linear trendline to the series, and use
the "Display Equation on Chart" option. The equation returned should be

y = ( 0.8 * x ) + 2.5

Using x =1, X=2, X=3, and X=4, extract the data points for the trendline.
They should be 3.3, 4.1, 4.9, and 5.7. Now delete the trendline. Plot a
second line series in the chart with the new trendline points. It should
look just like the original trendline did. Double-click on the second series
to get the Format Data Series dialog box. Go to Options - Drop Lines to add
the drop lines.

----
Regards,
John Mansfield
http://www.pdbook.com

"Phil Hageman" wrote:

Two questions:

Is it possible to individually color format Data Labels?

Can drop lines somehow be added to a trend line?

Thanks, Phil

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