How to Change X Axis Values in Excel 2007

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Excel 2007 automatically scales the axes on charts to fit your data range. However, sometimes your data may display better with different numerical values displayed on the x-axis of a scatterplot than those Excel chooses. In this case, you can manually set the minimum and maximum values for the axis and choose the frequency at which the values are displayed.

  • Click on the x-axis to select it. Click somewhere beneath the bottom horizontal line of the chart to ensure that you select the axis rather than the chart area.

  • Right-click within the selected area and choose "Format Axis" from the drop-down menu that appears.

  • Click the circle for "Fixed" next to "Minimum:" under "Axis Options" and type the smallest number you want displayed on the x-axis in the box to the right. Do the same for "Maximum:" but type the largest number you want displayed on the x-axis.

  • Select the "Fixed" circle next to "Major unit:" and enter a number in the box to the right if you want to change what numbers are displayed on the x-axis. For example, type "0.1" into the box if you want to display every tenth.

  • Click the "Close" button at the bottom of the "Format Axis" box to accept your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click the "Number" option on the left side of the "Format Axis" box to change how the numbers display; you can change the numbers to scientific notation or time, for example.

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