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Specifying the position of tick marks and axis labels

From: Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

Video: Specifying the position of tick marks and axis labels

When tick marks--now these are the little marks that we see on various axes in charts. In this particular chart, on the horizontal axis at the bottom of the screen we see tick marks. I think many of us probably ignore these most of the time, but sometimes they obscure chart elements, or they're not prominent enough. You can choose from a large set of tick-mark placement choices from the Layout tab. So let's select this particular axis here, and if you're having trouble clicking on it--and sometimes is that happens with charts, they're a little bit tricky as to how you might actually select an item-- on the Layout tab, in the Current Selection group on the left-hand side remember there is a drop arrow here, Horizontal Axis if you haven't chosen it manually. Then choose that.

Specifying the position of tick marks and axis labels

When tick marks--now these are the little marks that we see on various axes in charts. In this particular chart, on the horizontal axis at the bottom of the screen we see tick marks. I think many of us probably ignore these most of the time, but sometimes they obscure chart elements, or they're not prominent enough. You can choose from a large set of tick-mark placement choices from the Layout tab. So let's select this particular axis here, and if you're having trouble clicking on it--and sometimes is that happens with charts, they're a little bit tricky as to how you might actually select an item-- on the Layout tab, in the Current Selection group on the left-hand side remember there is a drop arrow here, Horizontal Axis if you haven't chosen it manually. Then choose that.

Then let's go right below it in and choose Format Selection. A lot of choices in this dialog box, but let's focus on Major tick mark type. Currently it's Cross, meaning the tick marks across the axis. Another choice is Inside. You see how the tick marks appear this way, and another choice of course Outside. We will see them below this. Now many times I think it doesn't make a lot of difference, but suppose we go back to Cross. Sometimes the way these line up or don't line up with points above them, you might want to consider making a different choice.

Position Axis, On tick marks, Between tick marks. Many times we don't care, but certainly one time when you might is if, for example, in this chart here you were to add drop lines. Now that's covered in another movie, but I just want to point out that sometimes in line charts and in area charts it makes sense to show under analysis Lines > Drop Lines. So I'll just throw this in right here. You would probably want those to line up with the tick marks. So in that situation going back to Format Data Series here if we simply clicked that Horizontal Axis again, these choices come back.

Then Position Axis at the bottom On tick marks. Click here and we see what's happening there. Now you also have tick marks on the vertical axis too. In the example here in this particular worksheet these don't really make a lot of choices, but we see tick marks over here as well, too. Here they are accompanied along with gridlines. So that's a different choice. So here the option doesn't really make any difference at all if you have gridlines. You see how the Inside Outside is having slight impact on the Inside, but not on Outside at all. In other words, we see them there and we see them with Cross.

Those two are identical. So anytime you're working with charts that have axes and the tick marks do become important to you related to other features that you might have in a chart, you do have options both for horizontal and vertical axes to control tick marks.

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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 22m 7s
    1. Identifying chart elements like plot area, chart area, gridlines, and legends
      5m 3s
    2. Selecting the right chart type
      8m 2s
    3. Understanding chart terminology
      6m 31s
    4. Understanding the Ribbon and the Design, Layout, and Format tabs
      2m 31s
  3. 16m 24s
    1. Selecting data to display as a chart
      6m 17s
    2. Creating charts instantly with shortcuts
      4m 33s
    3. Creating charts with standard menu commands
      2m 24s
    4. Creating presentation-ready charts with just a few adjustments
      3m 10s
  4. 28m 8s
    1. Switching rows and columns for a different view of the data
      3m 9s
    2. Setting a default chart type and creating a template
      3m 47s
    3. Dealing with empty and hidden cells
      4m 18s
    4. Choosing a chart layout
      4m 33s
    5. Choosing a chart style from 48 colorful variations
      3m 34s
    6. Changing the location of a chart
      3m 33s
    7. Moving and resizing a chart
      5m 14s
  5. 11m 25s
    1. Using pictures as chart elements
      3m 55s
    2. Adding shapes and arrows
      3m 37s
    3. Adding floating text and text boxes
      3m 53s
  6. 33m 45s
    1. Adding, editing, and removing chart titles
      3m 15s
    2. Adding horizontal and vertical titles
      3m 56s
    3. Linking titles to content
      2m 32s
    4. Showing numbers of different scales
      4m 38s
    5. Specifying the position of tick marks and axis labels
      2m 41s
    6. Changing the numeric format on labels
      5m 34s
    7. Adding, editing, and removing legends
      3m 19s
    8. Adding and editing data labels
      4m 40s
    9. Showing the source of a chart's data
      3m 10s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Modifying axis scaling
      3m 50s
    2. Working with gridlines
      4m 23s
  8. 12m 53s
    1. Analyzing existing and future data with trendlines
      4m 2s
    2. Adding drop lines
      3m 14s
    3. Adding high-low lines and up-down bars
      1m 39s
    4. Adding error bars
      3m 58s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Selecting shape fill and outline
      3m 3s
    2. Adding shape effects
      3m 19s
    3. Applying WordArt styles
      2m 51s
  10. 16m 33s
    1. Formatting lines and borders
      4m 24s
    2. Filling an area with a color gradient
      2m 7s
    3. Specifying line style, color, and weight
      2m 46s
    4. Working with chart text
      3m 40s
    5. Changing the rotation of chart text
      3m 36s
  11. 38m 39s
    1. Using column and bar charts
      7m 24s
    2. Using line charts
      5m 46s
    3. Using pie charts
      8m 37s
    4. Using area, stock, and XY charts
      9m 3s
    5. Using doughnut, bubble, and radar charts
      7m 49s
  12. 10m 55s
    1. Pasting new data into a chart
      2m 58s
    2. Creating charts from multiple data sources
      3m 39s
    3. Adding new data using a table
      4m 18s
  13. 6m 19s
    1. Printing charts
      6m 19s
  14. 19s
    1. Next steps
      19s

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