Change Horizontal Axis Values in Excel 2016

Often there is a need to change the data labels in your Excel 2016 graph. The procedure is a little different from the previous versions of Excel 2016. You will add corresponding data in the same table to create the label. You can also create a new set of data to populate the labels.  Learn Excel Beginner to Advance

1. Select the Chart that you have created and navigate to the Axis you want to change.

2. Right-click the axis you want to change and navigate to Select Data and the Select Data Source window will pop up, click Edit

3. The Edit Series window will open up, then you can select a series of data that you would like to change.

4. Click Ok

For a time series like months, when you click select data you will not have the option to directly edit the x-axis. However, you still can by simply clicking Edit Legend Series and choosing X values. However, if you graph is chronological or time series based you need to pick a complementary chronological data. For categorical data, you don’t need to worry about this. Also, you can directly change x values from Select Data Source window. But essentially the steps are the same.
Follow the visuals instructions below or watch the video:


Create a graph. From the image below, you can see that this graph is based on the index column and the Selected Period column.  Our goal is to replace the X axis with data from Date Column.

Ediit the Axey to change the axis labels

Right-click the graph to options to format the graph. In the options window, navigate to Select Data to change the label axis data.
Right click and add new data to change labels on the graph

Once you choose Select Data, an Edit Series window will open with information on the axis.
You can select any new data to populate the labels
Our goal is to change the x-axis so that you can delete the x values and replace them with the new values. If you have chronological data, you can directly access the labels.

Add data from another column which will replace the labels

Once, you add the new data and click OK, you will be able to see the update labels reflecting the new data.

The new labels will appear on the selected axis