August 24, 2018
Hi, I have been trying for some time to make the default colour for the chart axes black, but it always defaults to the black, text 1, lighter 35% box (2nd colour across, 2nd colour down). As I have a report with a lot of charts in it, this takes time to amend each chart. I know I can create chart templates but with a variety of bar / column / pie and line charts, with any number of elements, it seems easier to change the default font colour.
Is there a way to do this? I have tried setting up my own style / font / colour, and searched online, but not yet found a solution.
July 16, 2010
I'm not aware of any way to change the default from grey. This was deemed a best practice design feature as the key is for your data to be the most prominent information in the chart, with the headings and labels being secondary.
You may want to write some VBA code to automate the editing of the chart fonts to black. Or you can use Paste Formatting by double clicking one label you've formatted and then clicking on the labels in the other charts once to apply the format.
Hope that helps point you in the right direction.
August 24, 2018
Thanks Mynda, it was getting frustrating!
I don't know VBA at all, but I have found that selecting the chart and changing the font colour to black works for all the text on the chart - I just need to remember to do it before adding data labels as I prefer to add the labels on the bar, column or pie segment, and they will need to be white on a dark colour (our office style has just been updated for data visualisation reasons and all the colours are dark - but they are insisting on black text).
Thanks again, amazing forum and advice.