Nudging Text Boxes in a Chart


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Trisha H

Has anyone found a way to "nudge" data labels in a PPT chart? I know I can
move them by clicking and dragging but when I try to use the arrow keys (as I
do for objects) the cursor tabs to other areas in the chart. And when
clicking and dragging the labels they seem to snap to a grid and I have very
limited control over them.

Thanks for any insights!!
 
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Jaime

No one has to "find a way", there are already several standard ways to
accomplish that. :blush:)

Turn off the "Snap Objects to Grid" (in 2003 View, Grid and Guides) or in
that same location, change the Grid spacing.
 
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Trisha H

James, I already have the "Snap to Grid" turned off and have changed the grid
spacing which hasn't helped. When trying to move data labels in a chart
there's almost like a magnet that pulls them to the gridlines so I'm
constantly turning gridlines on and off. (Thank goodness for alt+f9!) The
control over the data labels is just not as accurate as with objects and text
boxes where cntl+arrow (left, right up, down) nudges in very small
increments. Thanks though - I appreciate your suggestion.
 
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Jaime

Trisha,

What version of PP do you have? Moving Data Labels with the mouse works fine
in 2003 (at work) I'll try 2007 at home and report back.

There is also a setting to Snap to other objects (or something like that).
 
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Echo S

I don't think there's a way to nudge textboxes inside charts in PPT 2007,
Trisha. You can put the textboxes on the slide itself, then you can nudge.

I know, it sucks. I'm just happy that Ctrl+Click lets us nudge the charts
themselves. It's not intuitive, but it does exist. Unfortunately, Ctrl+Click
doesn't work on the elements inside the chart -- including textboxes.

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What's new in PPT 2010? http://www.echosvoice.com/2010.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx
 
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Trisha H

James I'm using PPT 2007.

Thanks Echo I didn't think so either - I've tried many things to no avail.
And ditto on being able to nudge the charts with cntl+click!

Thanks all - I appreciate your input!
--
Trisha H


Echo S said:
I don't think there's a way to nudge textboxes inside charts in PPT 2007,
Trisha. You can put the textboxes on the slide itself, then you can nudge.

I know, it sucks. I'm just happy that Ctrl+Click lets us nudge the charts
themselves. It's not intuitive, but it does exist. Unfortunately, Ctrl+Click
doesn't work on the elements inside the chart -- including textboxes.

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2010? http://www.echosvoice.com/2010.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx
 
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