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Greetings Marianne,Things have changed a lot since the version you are
using, and it may be difficult to provide the information you are
looking for. I did a bit of digging, and I managed to find this
which comes from this location:
It is for CALC 3.4, but in looking at the release notes ( between that version
and yours, there does not seem to be any changes to the way to manage
graphs in 3.4 and your version (except for a new chart type), so you
should be able to find the information you are looking for.
I hope this helps,Rémy.
Le lundi 18 janvier 2021 à 19:18 -0500, marianne-x a écrit :
Ahoy all:
My apologies if this turns out to be a redundancy, but I originally
submitted it some 4 hours ago and it hasn't shown up yet.
Some 20 years ago, I frequently received questions such as those I
pose below, and was able to easily answer them for others.
By now, I seem to have aged out, and am flummoxed by difficulties
that should be rudimentary.
So, should any reader deign to attack my elementary problems, please
keep it simple (& simpleminded) so that I have a chance of
I am using, under Windows (or, as we call it, /Curtains/) 7,
because it seems more than adequate for my purposes, and I am
somewhat dismayed by the number of regressions noted for later
versions in the comments here.
Calc chart legends. What could be simpler, yet more impossible? I
have cracked this at sometime in the past, as I have just one
spreadsheet with my own chart legend text in my choice of fonts, but
can see no way of regaining that control for other charts in my
If I right-click a chart, I am presented with 15 options. One is
marked “Text”, which seems promising, but apparently deals with
*positioning*, not content. The thing which it definitely lacks is
any ability to control the legend text contents, or font.
If I double left-click and then right-click, I now have 9 options,
including one which will delete a legend, (leaving me unsure of what
happens if the chart has more than one legend). But, in any case, no
control, beyond excision, over the legend text or its font.
When I double left-click, I get an interesting collection of mostly-
graphic symbols at the bottom of my screen, where the “Find” box
normally lives. One of these is a capital T in a dotted-line box,
which, when hovered-over, reads: “Text Box”. Sounds promising, but
what does it do, and how does one invoke whatever its action may be?
None of these symbols can be dragged onto the chart, and clicking
them – single or double, left or right – produces no obvious result
of any kind. They have interesting titles, and, if they did anything,
might be quite useful.
My first question, then, is: /how do I gain control over chart legend
text & font?/ And a subsidiary wonderment: /why is it so hard to find
this answer?/
Further routes to failure on this question:
 From the on-line manual:
we have, (appreciating that this is targeted at 6.1; probably an
irrelevant distinction):

  Editing Chart Legends
To edit a chart legend:
    Double-click on the chart.
    A gray border appears around the chart and the menu bar now
contains    commands for editing the objects in the chart.
    Choose Format - Legend or double-click on the legend. This opens
the    Legend dialog.
    Choose from the available tabs to make modifications, then click
This is no help, as the “available tabs” do *not* allow editing the
text or font.
 From the on-line edition of the 4.1 Calc Guide we have, at ppg 88-
*Adding or removing chart elements*
To add a legend to your chart:
    Select the chart by double-clicking on it to enter edit mode.
The    chart should now be surrounded by a gray border.
    Go to*Insert****>****Legend*onthe main menu bar to open the
Legend    dialog. This dialog is similar to the *Display
legend*section on the    Chart Wizard dialogshown in Error: Reference
source not foundon page    Error: Reference source not found.
    Select the *Display legend* checkbox and where you want the
legend    displayed on your chart – *Left*, *Right*, *Top* or
    Click *OK*to close the dialog.
    Alternatively,right-click inthe chart area and
select*Insert    **Legend*from the context menu to insert a legend in
the default    position on the right side of the chart.
    Click outside the chart to leave edit mode.
To remove a legend from your chart:
    Select the chart by double-clicking on it to enter edit mode.
The    chart should now be surrounded by a gray border.
    Go to*Insert****>****Legend*onthe main menu bar to open the
Legend    dialog.
    Deselect the *Display legend* checkbox.
    Click *OK* to close the dialog.
    Alternatively,right-click inthe chart area
and    select*Delete****L**egend*from the context menu.
    Click outside the chart to leave edit mode.
Again, the user can add or remove, but not edit.
Another dead-end source illuminates another Calc problem:
This question is “closed” because it was allegedly answered, whilst
in fact no answer of any kind was provided to the basic question “How
*exactly* can I add a 2^nd Y axis and assign different scale to it?”.
Following the given instruction to “Douible /[sic]/ click on the
chart, and then Menu/Insert/Axis, or right-click insert/delete axes”
leads to a menu which allows up to 2 each Y, and 2 each X, axes, but
shows no way to associate a set of figures with the added axes. It
must also be possible to associate colours with the various traces,
but how to do that remains equally a mystery.
Also noteworthy: the OP asked for 2 axes, yet 3 are shewn here,
without instruction as to how to go beyond 2. (The upper illustration
raises more questions, not to be considered here.) One would like to
think that there is no limit to the number of Y axes assignable, but
so far only 1 is usable.
Note that only the yellow trace uses the right vertical axis, the
other two use the left. How does one assign any of these traces to a
particular axis, and keep them straight? (Here the unfulfilled
“Callout” icons might be useful, if understood.)

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