Chart won't hold formatting

Discussion in 'Excel Charting' started by Kermit, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Kermit

    Kermit Guest

    Excel 2007. I am trying to change the font size of data labels on a line
    chart. Also changing the color of the lines. After making the changes and
    saving the spreadsheet, if I close and reopen the sheet, the data labels and
    line colors have reverted to default size, fonts, and color.

    I need to put these charts in a powerpoint. When copying into power point
    all formats also revert to default. Using Powerpoint 2007. Doesn't matter
    what type of paste either. paste, paste link, or paste special. png, jpg, or
    metafile all revert to default once pasted into powerpoint.

    Presentation is Monday, Please help!!!
    Kermit, Oct 9, 2008
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  2. If you do a regular Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V paste into PowerPoint I think there
    should be a little icon at the bottom right of the chart. If you drop that
    down there should be an option called "use source formatting" or something
    like that. Does that work? I can't check right now as I'm at home.
    Christopher Scott [MSFT], Oct 10, 2008
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  3. Kermit

    Kermit Guest

    Thanks for the idea Christopher, but it won't solve my problem, as the excel
    chart won't keep the formatting in excel itself. If I change data labels font
    size, color, ect and then save, close and reopen, the data labels have
    reverted back to the default.
    Kermit, Oct 10, 2008
  4. Kermit

    RMort Guest

    I am having the same problem with Excel 2003. My problem only effects the
    newest data on my chart. The chart plots data per quarter for the last 3
    years, but only the data from the current year reverts back to the default
    format (Black Text, Arial, 10pt, Normal) I can change it to match the older
    data and save, then reopen and it's back to the default format. Please help,
    this report has very high visibility in my company.

    Thanks, Rick
    RMort, Oct 30, 2008
  5. Kermit

    CranMalReign Guest

    I, too, am suffering this problem. I have a three-series line chart and the
    formatting for two of the series keeps reverting to unusable formats. I fix
    them, save, close, reopen, and they're back to being unusable.

    I even tried saving a custom chart type after fixing everything, and that
    caused them to revert to the unusable formats.

    I am using Office 2003.

    I've been using Excel for many years and this is the first time I've ever
    seen this problem.

    If it's any help, my chart is a line chart with 3 data series, 2 of which
    are on the primary X/Y axes, and the other is on secondary X/Y axes.

    The first series (on the primary axis) works fine and holds all formats.
    It's the 2nd and 3rd series (2nd on the primary and the one on the secondary)
    that fail to hold formats. They re-check their "Linked to Source" options on
    the Number tab (they shouldn't), they revert font size to 26.5 pt (should be
    8) and remove all colors/borders/fills I apply.

    This is very frustrating.
    CranMalReign, Nov 2, 2008
  6. Kermit


    I also have this problem, my data labels won't stay as a percentage, keep defaulting back to a number. I can't find a solution anywhere on the web.
    , Nov 19, 2013
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