A text box with the default wording Axis Title will appear on the chart. Click anywhere in that text box and edit the information to reflect the true title of the horizontal axis.
Similarly, you can create a label for the vertical axis, but you will have more choices for title placement here. We’ll use the Rotated Title option.
The default legend that was created with the scatter plot serves no real purpose here, so let’s get rid of it. If you’ve been “tabbing" around, go back to the Layout tab and click on Legend. From the list of expanded options, pick None to turn off the legend.
With that annoying, useless little box gone, your chart should now look like the one in the screenshot below.
Change Chart Title
Another thing that most everyone will want to change is the chart title for the scatter plot. To do this, just click on the title to open the text box that contains it and edit it with your new description.
Visual Appearance of the Chart
If you want to add a bit more color and style to your scatter plot, check out the options available in the Design tab under Chart Tools. There are tons of choices that you can make here to liven up your chart’s appearance. Try a few of them out and see how well you like them. The screenshot below shows just one example of how the scatter plot can be redesigned with just a couple of clicks.
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