How To Name Series In Google Sheets

Google Sheets, part of Google’s free web-based software suite, is an incredibly powerful tool for everything from simple number-crunching to complex data analysis. However, if you’re using it to keep track of multiple datasets, things can get confusing quickly if you don’t know how to properly label or “name” your series. This guide will walk you through the process of naming series in Google Sheets and help you to manage your data more effectively.

Step 1: Input Your Data

To start, you’ll need to have some data in your Google Sheets document. Normally, each column of data represents a different series. For instance, if you’re tracking monthly sales for different products, each product would have its own column, and each row would represent a different month.

Step 2: Create a Chart

Once you have your data arranged, you’ll need to create a chart. To do this, highlight all the data you want to include in the chart, including the headers, then click on “Insert” from the top menu, and then select “Chart”. This will create a new chart from your selected data.

Step 3: Open the Chart Editor

To edit the names of your series, you’ll first need to open the chart editor. If it didn’t open automatically when you created your chart, you can open it by clicking on the small chart icon that appears when your chart is selected.

Step 4: Naming a Series

Within the chart editor, click on the option that says “Setup”, and then click on “Series”. Here, you will see a list of all your series, labeled by their respective column headers. To rename a series, click on the pencil icon next to the series name.

This will open a text field where you can input your new series name. Once you’re done, click out of the text field to save your changes.

Step 5: Repeat for All Series

Follow the same process to rename all other series. Once you’re done, you can close the chart editor, and your new series names will be reflected in your chart.

Renaming series via script

If you have a large number of series to rename, it might be more efficient to use a script. Here’s a simple script that will allow you to rename your series:

function renameSeries() {
  var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getSheetByName('Sheet1');
  var chart = sheet.getCharts()[0];
  var series = chart.getSeries();
  for (var i = 0; i < series.length; i++) {
    chart = chart.modify()
      .setSeriesName(i, 'New Series Name' + (i+1))

In the script above, replace ‘Sheet1’ with the name of your sheet, and ‘New Series Name’ with the base name for your series. The script will append a number to each series name, starting with 1 and increasing by 1 for each subsequent series.

With these steps, you should be able to effectively and efficiently name series in Google Sheets. Happy data managing!