## How can I change the gridline color without changing the tick and tick label colors?

### MathWorks Support Team (view profile)

on 24 May 2013
Latest activity Commented on by Bobby

### Bobby (view profile)

on 28 Feb 2014
Accepted Answer by MathWorks Support Team

### MathWorks Support Team (view profile)

When I execute the following lines of code:

```h= plot(rand(1, 100));
```
```grid on
```
```set(gca, 'XColor', 'r')
```

the color of the X-axis gridlines, X tick-marks and X tick-labels all become red.

I would like to selectively change the color of the gridlines alone, without changing the color of the X tick-marks and X tick-labels.

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### MathWorks Support Team (view profile)

on 24 May 2013

The gridline color cannot be changed without affecting the tick-mark and tick-label colors.

However, you can work around this issue by plotting lines of the desired color on top of your figure using PLOT. The following example demostrates this approach:

```h= plot(rand(1, 100));
```
```hold on
```
```grid on
```
```% Obtain the tick mark locations
```
```xtick = get(gca,'XTick');
```
```% Obtain the limits of the y axis
```
```ylim = get(gca,'Ylim');
```
```% Create line data
```
```X = repmat(xtick,2,1);
```
```Y = repmat(ylim',1,size(xtick,2));
```
```% Plot line data
```
```plot(X,Y,'r')
```

After executing the above code, the color of the X-axis gridlines remain red, whereas the X tick-marks and X tick-labels are black.

Russell

### Russell (view profile)

on 26 Feb 2014

Really? This is the solution? \$5k for a single seat and you can't make a basic plot formatting change like adding light grey grid lines without making all the labels light grey? I will never understand why MatLab costs so much...

Bobby

### Bobby (view profile)

on 28 Feb 2014

Agreed. So instead as another option I have to export the picture (without a grid), bring it in powerpoint and then draw gray lines? This seems like an absolute basic plot function. I mean even EXCEL can do it.

### Jos (10584) (view profile)

on 26 Feb 2014

People might be interested in creating their own grid using my GRIDXY function I submitted many years ago to the File Exchange. An example:

```gridxy(get(gca,'xtick'),get(gca,'ytick'),'color',[.6 .6 .6],'linewidth',1)
```