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Re: Width of plots

  • To: mathgroup at
  • Subject: [mg65986] Re: [mg65930] Width of plots
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 05:19:25 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


The reason the y axes don't line up is indeed the tick labels. One way to
correct the problem is to redefine the ticks so that both plots will have
the same widths for the labels. Basically this is done with NumberForm and
the NumberPadding option. So you can make up your own table of ticks but I
would use the CustomTicks command from my DrawGraphics package. It provides
the labeled and unlabeled ticks and allows the user to specify a number
formatting function.


f[x_] = Sin[x];
g[x_] = 1000*Sin[x];

yticks1 =
    CustomTicks[Identity, {-1, 1, 0.5, 5},
      CTNumberFunction -> (NumberForm[#, {5, 1},
              NumberPadding -> {" ", "0"}] &)];
yticks2 =
    CustomTicks[Identity, {-1000, 1000, 500.0, 5},
      CTNumberFunction -> (NumberForm[#, {5, 1},
              NumberPadding -> {" ", "0"}] &)];

p1 = Plot[f[x], {x, 0, 2Pi},
      Ticks -> {Automatic, yticks1},
       ImageSize -> 400];
p2 = Plot[g[x], {x, 0, 2Pi},
      Ticks -> {Automatic, yticks2},
       ImageSize -> 400];

David Park
djmp at

From: Michael [mailto:chiller.michi at]
To: mathgroup at

When making several plots, e.g. using

f[x_] = Sin[x];
g[x_] = 1000*Sin[x];

p1 = Plot[f[x], {x, 0, 2Pi}, ImageSize -> 400];
p2 = Plot[g[x], {x, 0, 2Pi}, ImageSize -> 400];

the absolute position of the y-axes won't coincide despite the total
image size being the same. This seems to be caused by the different
width of the tick labels.

Is there a possibility to rescale the images in such a way that the
y-axes positions coincide in two different plots and the x-axes scale
stays the same?

Thanks for your help,

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