Legend Entries

Set the legend entry plot names, change the legend entry symbol sizes, and add or remove plot entries from a legend in the Entries page in the Property Manager.

Set the properties for all entries or for each entry in the Entries page.

All Entries

Properties in the All Entries section apply to all legend entries. Wind legends and chart slice legends have only an Entries section for all entries.

Add/Remove Entries

Click Edit in the Add/remove entries field to select which entries should be displayed in the legend. The plots are selected in the Select Plots dialog.

Entry Order

The entry order can also be adjusted from within the Select Plots dialog.

Sample Width

Specify the width of the lines and bars or the distance between symbols in the legend in the Sample width field.

Uniform Sample Width

When the Uniform sample width is selected, the lines and bars in the legend have the same size. Clear the Uniform sample width option to specify the width of individual lines and bars in the legend.


For pie chart legends, set the Label to None, From worksheet, Data value, or Percentage for the chart slice legend labels.

  • The None option hides the label.
  • The From worksheet option uses the Labels column.
  • The Data value displays the value in the Data column.
  • The Percentage calculates the percentage this slice is of the entire pie chart and displays the percentage value.


Click the next to Font to set the legend entry font properties for all legend types.


Click the next to Format to set the chart slice legend entry label format properties.


Click the next to Background to set the chart slice legend entry background properties. The Background is the area behind each entry.

Sample Size Method

The Sample size method changes the size of the symbols in the legend.

  • Fixed symbols are fixed at a program default size.
  • Plot size displays the graphed symbol size. If the graphed symbol size changes, the legend symbol size changes as long as the Graphs | Legend | Detach command is not used.
  • Custom displays custom symbol sizes in the legend. When the Sample size method is set to Custom, specify the symbol size in the Sample size field.

Individual Entries

The properties in the Individual Entries section apply only to the selected entry. Each entry can have different properties. Wind and chart slice legends do not have an individual entries section.


Select the entry to edit in the Entry list.


The Plot is a read-only value that indicates which graph and plot entry is being edited.

Reset to Entry Defaults

When the Reset to entry defaults option is selected, the legend entry uses the default name and font. By default, class legend entry names are linked to the class name. Clear the Reset to entry defaults option to rename the legend entry and/or change the entry font.


Specify the text for the legend entry in the Text field when the Use plot name or Reset to entry defaults option is not selected.

Moving the Legend Entry Labels

The legend title and entries can be moved with the Graph Tools | Plot Tools | Move Labels command.

  1. Select the legend in the plot window or Object Manager.
  2. Click Graph Tools | Plot Tools | Move Labels.
  3. Click and drag the legend title and/or entries to the desired locations.
  4. Press ESC to end Move Labels mode.

See Also


Multi-Graph Legend