Labelling values in a chart

Use of data value labels

Bar charts should not need data value labels. If you need data value labels, create a chart−table combination.

Example of a chart−table combination

If you cannot create a chart−table combination, make sure the data value labels are placed at the base of each bar and right-aligned.

Example of how to format data value labels in a bar chart

Rotated bar chart showing goods and services categories listed down the left-hand side y axis.

Things to avoid

Avoid putting the values at the end of each bar, as this makes it difficult for users to follow and compare the values.

Example of how not to format data value labels