Picking a Number Format For an Axis

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 18, 2015)

Often the information presented on a graph axis will be numeric. For instance, an axis may show numbers that represent the magnitude of what is being charted. Microsoft Graph allows you complete control over how numbers appear in your axes. You can control the appearance in the following manner:

  1. Select the axis whose text you wish to alter. Do this by clicking on the axis with the mouse.
  2. Choose Selected Axis from the Format menu. Microsoft Graph displays the Format Axis dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Number tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Number tab of the Format Axis dialog box

  5. Pick a category that represents the type of number being displayed. If you are familiar with formatting numbers in Excel, the number formatting capabilities of Microsoft Graph are very similar.
  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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