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RE: Tick Labels Example

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  • Subject: [mg47199] RE: [mg47185] Tick Labels Example
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 04:01:52 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


If you are willing to change all the text in your plot, the easy solution

Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 2},
    TextStyle -> {FontFamily -> "Helvetica", FontWeight -> "Bold",
        FontSize -> 14}];

Otherwise, you can define your own tick functions. Here I also make the y
ticks red.

xticks = Table[{x,
        StyleForm[x, FontFamily -> "Helvetica", FontWeight -> "Bold",
          FontSize -> 14]}, {x, 0, 2, 0.5}];

yticks = Table[{y,
        StyleForm[y, FontFamily -> "Helvetica", FontWeight -> "Bold",
          FontSize -> 14, FontColor -> RGBColor[1, 0, 0]]}, {y, 0, 4, 1}];

Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 2},
    Ticks -> {xticks, yticks}];

The problem with the above is that it eliminates the minor ticks and it is a
bunch of work to add them back in.

If you use DrawGraphics you can use the CustomTick function, which gives the
minor ticks and allows the labels to be specified with the CTNumberFunction


    {Draw[x^2, {x, 0, 2}]},
    Axes -> True,
    Ticks ->
      {CustomTicks[Identity, {0, 2, 0.5, 5},
          CTNumberFunction -> (StyleForm[#, FontFamily -> "Helvetica",
                  FontWeight -> "Bold", FontSize -> 14] &)],
        CustomTicks[Identity, {0, 4, 1, 5},
          CTNumberFunction -> (StyleForm[#, FontFamily -> "Helvetica",
                  FontWeight -> "Bold", FontSize -> 14,
                  FontColor -> Red] &)]},
    ImageSize -> 350];

If you are using a Frame, then you should use FrameTicks instead of Ticks.

David Park
djmp at

From: Terry [mailto:tharter at]
To: mathgroup at

Hi All,

    I'm sure its been posted here before in the past (is there a
newsgroup archive that is searchable?), but could some one post an
example of how to get the Tick Labels in  a 2D Plot  displayed  in
something other  than the  "Default" settings.  for example, change the
font size, and  the "Boldness" attribute.  Any simple example will do.
I don't need to produce any new  tick marks than what the  default
gives,   I just want them to appear more visible.   Thanks  in advance!!

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