5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2012 11:58 PM by JF Grissom
Michael Vallance Level 1 (65 points)

I have 8 short sentences which make up the 8 labels in the x axis of my chart.

I created a 3D bar chart.

In Excel these sentences / labels automatically appear at around 30 degrees to the axis line  thereby revealing all the text.

In Numbers the sentences are in parallel to axis (looks horizontal) so that only the first and last sentence lablels appear.

 

How do I offset at an angle so that all text in all labels appear?

 

Thank you.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Barry Level 7 (29,976 points)

    Use the Metrics Inspector.

     

    Click on the chart to select it, then click on one labels of the labels to select only the text box containing the x axis labels.

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    In the Metrics Inspector, use the control or type in a value (in degrees CCW from horizontal) to Rotate the labels.

     

    You may also need to move, or remove the Legend showing the colour(s) used for each series. This is also in a Text box.

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • Michael Vallance Level 1 (65 points)

    Thank you but I cannot highlight the text so rotation function is greyed out.

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    Can you advise?

    Thanks.

  • Barry Level 7 (29,976 points)

    "Thank you but I cannot highlight the text so rotation function is greyed out."

     

    Highlighting the text isn't necessary. What needs to be selected is the text box containing the labels. Numbers fills in the text automatically to take advantage of the available space.

     

    The large difference between my example and yours, though, is that you are using a '3d bar chart.' Apparently rotation of these labels is not supported on a 3D chart.

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • Michael Vallance Level 1 (65 points)

    Barry,

    Thank you for your help. I will persevere with other chart designs

    Michael

  • JF Grissom Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much for this!

     

    I was thinking there had to be a way... Much appreciated!