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Axes Appearance

Modify axis limits and tick values, add grid lines, combine multiple plots

You can customize axes by changing the limits, controlling the locations of the tick marks, formatting the tick labels, or adding grid lines. You also can combine multiple plots, either using separate axes in the same figure, or by combining the plots in the same axes, with the option to add a second y-axis.


xlimSet or query x-axis limits
ylimSet or query y-axis limits
zlimSet or query z-axis limits
axisSet axis limits and aspect ratios
boxDisplay axes outline
daspectControl data unit length along each axis
pbaspectControl relative lengths of each axis
gridDisplay or hide axes grid lines
xticksSet or query x-axis tick values
yticksSet or query y-axis tick values
zticksSet or query z-axis tick values
xticklabelsSet or query x-axis tick labels
yticklabelsSet or query y-axis tick labels
zticklabelsSet or query z-axis tick labels
xtickformatSpecify x-axis tick label format
ytickformatSpecify y-axis tick label format
ztickformatSpecify z-axis tick label format
xtickangleRotate x-axis tick labels
ytickangleRotate y-axis tick labels
ztickangleRotate z-axis tick labels
datetickDate formatted tick labels
ruler2numConvert data from specific ruler to numeric data
num2rulerConvert numeric data for use with specific ruler
holdRetain current plot when adding new plots
subplotCreate axes in tiled positions
yyaxisCreate chart with two y-axes
claClear axes
axesCreate Cartesian axes
figureCreate figure window


Axes PropertiesControl axes appearance and behavior


Specify Axis Limits

Control where data appears in the axes by setting the axis limits.

Specify Axis Tick Values and Labels

Customize the tick values and labels along an axis, such as editing the tick value placement or modifying the tick label text and formatting.

Add Grid Lines and Edit Placement

Add grid lines to a graph and modify their placement and appearance.

Combine Multiple Plots

Show multiple plots together in the same figure, either by combining the plots in the same axes or by creating subplots.

Create Chart with Two y-Axes

Create a chart with y-axes on both the left and right sides.

Modify Properties of Charts with Two y-Axes

Modify charts with two y-axes by setting axes properties or by accessing the underlying ruler objects.

Create Chart with Multiple x-Axes and y-Axes

Create a graph with two x-axes and two y-axes by overlaying two separate Axes objects.

Control Ratio of Axis Lengths and Data Unit Lengths

Control the axis and data unit lengths by setting the plot box aspect ratio and the data aspect ratio.

Control Axes Layout

Set axes properties to control the axes size and position, the layout of titles and labels, and the axes resize behavior.

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