How to Create Dynamic Chart Titles in Excel

Do you suffer from Forgot-to-change-chart-titles syndrome? I do.

Worry not. Today’s prescription includes an article and a video on how to create dynamic chart titles in excel.

Linking a Cell Value to the Chart Title

Suppose you have the data as shown below and you have created a chart using it.

Dynamic Chart Titles in Excel - Data for linking cell

If you want to change the chart title, you need to manually change it by typing the text in the box. Since the chart title is static, you would have to change it again and again whenever your data is refreshed/updated.

Here is how you can make it dynamic (i.e., make it refer to a cell in the workbook):

  • Click on the Chart Title box
  • Go to Formula bar and type =
  • Select the cell that you want to show as the chart title
  • Hit Enter

Dynamic Chart Titles in Excel - Data for linking cell Gif

This technique could be wonderfully helpful if you get the data in a fixed format, and you update charts by simply copy pasting the new data. It would ensure that your Chart Titles get updated automatically.

Creating Dynamic Chart Titles in Excel by Combining Cell Link and Text

Continuing with the above example, suppose I want to add some additional text to the chart title (let’s say I want to add (YoY) to the title). To do this, I will have to create a formula and get the result in a separate cell. Then I can link that cell to the Chart Title.

Here is how you can do this:

  • In a new cell, type the following formula
    =A1&" (YoY)"
  • Click on the chart title box
  • Go to Formula bar and type =
  • Select the cell where you have the new chart title
  • Hit Enter

Dynamic Chart Titles in Excel - Data for linking cell and Text

This simple trick can save you a lot of time, and it ensures you don’t have to worry about the Forgot-to-change-chart-titles syndrome.

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  • Is there any way to make this formula automatically adjust when copying and changing the chart (plus reference cells) across a sheet?

  • Hi. Thank you very mich for this tip. Is there a possibility to link the Text to a chosen filter? I’m working with Pivot Charts and the user has the possibility to choose between the machines in our company. In german, the functionality i use is called “Datenschnitt”.

  • In Excel 2016 I need to add the sheet name, something like Sheet1!A1. And adding a label-text with & “added text” does not work at all. Any hints or workarounds? thanks

    • I agree Kurt. I can’t seem to get it to work with the process listed above for a dynamic link.

  • Super great tip! Wish I had known about this years ago!

  • Wow – this is nice! Thanks

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