Specifying an Axis Scale in Microsoft Graph

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 30, 2015)

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Each graph you create includes axes. Depending on your graph type, it can have 0, 2, or 3 axes. Each axis has a scale, which determines how the information along that axis is graphed. By default, Microsoft Graph determines this scale automatically based on the data you are graphing. You can, however, override the default and specify a scale. What you see when you do this depends on which axis you are scaling. For instance, if you are scaling the X axis, you can specify how the data categories graphed along the axis relate to the Y axis. These steps allow you to scale the X axis:

  1. Select the X axis with the mouse.
  2. Choose Selected Axis from the Format menu. Microsoft Graph displays the Format Axis dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Scale tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Scale tab of the Format Axis dialog box

  5. Modify the scale settings as desired.
  6. Click on OK.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is two less than 5?

2018-12-19 06:09:11

Steve

For majority of graphs that do not aplay to linear scale and have zero included (log scale can not use 0, other settings are not possible within Excel). Graphing in Excel is useless ! And that aplays to almost all science, math and others use of for that purpose ! So why enforcing Office and Excel when knowing that ?


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