Aligning Labels with Tick Marks

Labels should be aligned appropriately with the data being displayed.

Don’t align labels between the tick marks when you are showing data at specific time points as it can be confusing to your viewers what date is aligned with a data point.

Tick Marks - Don't

Rather align them with the tick marks:

  1. Select the labels on the X Axis.
  2. Right click and select “Format Axis.”
  3. Select “Position Axis On Tick Marks.”

Do:

Tick Marks - Do

If you are showing data using bars then it is appropriate to show the label between the tick marks.

  1. Select the labels on the X Axis.
  2. Right click and select “Format Axis.”
  3. Select “Between Tick Marks.”

Tick Marks - with bars

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  1. Elmarie Kaufman

    I have a file of 43K+ lines of data (electric usage by qtr hour) and have created a “month” designation in a column to the right of the data – with only one entry corresponding to the first data for the first day of each month. I am able to graph this data with the month labels presenting correctly if I designate the line numbers, but in a dynamic chart, although they will appear, they are not aligned to the data. All the month labels are jammed up on the left side of the xaxis (occupying perhaps a quarter of the xaxis length) while the rest of the axis is unlabeled. I have checked the dynamic axis label definition and it shows correctly when clicked on in the edit – but they just won’t display correctly on the graph. What is wrong?

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