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Re: How can I change the format of plot labels?

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  • Subject: [mg3709] Re: How can I change the format of plot labels?
  • From: ianc (Ian Collier)
  • Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 02:11:43 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I posted this (or tried to anyway), last Wednesday, but it doesn't appear
to have shown up.

Did you not get it?



In article <4jsp2k$2pp at>, hinsenk at ERE.UMontreal.CA
(Konrad HINSEN) wrote:

> One of my plots has axis labels that look like
>    1.5
>   1.45
>    1.4
>   1.35
>    ...
> I'd like to get the decimal points lined up, i.e. i want to
> get "1.50" instead of "1.5". I didn't find any hint about
> that in the manuals. The on-line reference says that
> numbers are formatted using OutputForm[], which is exactly
> what I would like to change, but how?
> --

You can do this by specifyng the labels you want using the
Ticks option.

Here is a simple example:

    Plot[ Sin[x], {x, 0,3},
            Ticks ->  {Automatic,


This is described in Section 2.9.5 of the Mathematica book.
"Labelling Two-Dimensional Graphs".

You might also want to look at Tom Wickham-Jones book,
Mathematica Graphics: Techniques & Applications published
by TELOS/Springer-Verlag, 1994 ISBN 0-387-94047-2.

This book discusses the implementation of ways tof customise
tick labels on Mathematica graphics amongst other things.

I hope this helps.


Ian Collier
Wolfram Research, Inc.
tel:(217)-398-0700   fax:(217)-398-0747    ianc at
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