Show or hide scale elements

Graph scale elements are axis lines, axis labels, tick marks, and tick labels. You can display these elements on the high side or the low side of the graph's data region.

For example, on the following scatterplot, major and minor tick marks and tick labels are displayed on the low sides of the graph. Major tick marks are displayed on the high sides of the graph. Axis lines are on all sides.

To specify which elements to include when you create a graph, click Scale, then select the elements on the Axes and Ticks tab. To change or add the elements on an existing graph, double-click the scale, then select the elements on the Show tab.

Transpose the y-scale and x-scale

To transpose the y- and x-scales when you create a graph, click Scale. On the Axes and Ticks tab, select the option to transpose the scales. To transpose scales on an existing graph, double-click the scale, then select the transpose option on the Scale tab. This option is not available with all graphs.

Default position of scales
Transposed scales

Do not adjust the scale with the threshold parameter

(Probability plots only) By default, if you select a distribution that has a threshold parameter, Minitab adjusts the x-scale values by subtracting the threshold parameter. This adjustment straightens the fitted distribution line. To plot the unadjusted x-values, deselect Adjust scale for threshold if distribution has this parameter. To deselect this option when you create a graph, click Scale, then click the Axes and Ticks tab. To deselect this option for an existing graph, double-click the x-scale, then click the Scale tab.

Change the position of the major tick marks

To change the major tick mark positions on an existing graph, double-click the scale. On the Scale tab, under Major Tick Positions, specify one of the following:
  • Automatic: Display the tick marks in their default positions.
  • Number of ticks: Enter the number of tick marks. Minitab spaces the tick marks evenly along the axis line. (Not available for all graphs.)
  • Position of ticks: Enter the scale values at which you want major tick marks to appear. You can enter a series of numbers or specify a range of values. Use a colon between two numbers to indicate the range. Use a slash after the range to indicate an increment amount. For example, 5:30/5 places tick marks at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30.
For example, the following scatterplots illustrate the same data. One plot shows the default tick mark positions and the other plot uses custom tick mark positions.
Default tick mark positions
Custom tick mark positions
Tip

To change the bin widths for the x-scale on graphs with bins, click the Binning tab. For more information, go to Binning.

Change the scale range

To change the scale range, double-click the scale. On the Scale tab, under Scale, deselect Auto for Minimum or Maximum, then enter the new minimum or maximum.

For example, the following boxplots are of the same data, but the y-scale ranges are different.
Default y-scale range
Custom y-scale range

Change the number of minor tick marks

To change the number of minor tick marks that appear between two major tick marks, double-click the scale. On the Scale tab, deselect Auto, then enter a number.
1 minor tick mark
4 minor tick marks
Note

For minor tick marks to appear on the graph, you must select them on the Show tab.

Change the axis line attributes and tick orientation

To change the color, size, and line type of the axis lines and tick marks, and the orientation of tick marks and the length of major tick marks, double-click the scale, then specify the options on the Attributes tab. The following images illustrate the tick orientation.
Outside
Inside
Out and In

Change the tick mark labels

When you create a graph, Minitab uses data values as tick mark labels. To specify custom tick mark labels on an existing graph, double-click the scale. On the Labels tab, select Specified, then enter custom labels, separated by spaces.

For example, on the first graph, the default labels are rotated because they are too long to fit. The shorter custom labels on the second graph fit better.
Default tick mark labels
Custom tick mark labels

Edit the font for the tick mark labels on the Font tab. Change the angle of tick mark labels on the Alignment tab.

Change the axis labels

To edit an axis label, double-click the label. On the Font tab, edit the text, and the font. On the Show tab, specify the location on the graph where you want the label to display. On the Alignment tab, specify the text angle and the position relative to the default location.

To edit the axis label text on a matrix plot, double-click an axis label and click the Text tab. Then deselect Auto, and enter the custom text.

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