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About the X Axis and Y Axis Tabs
Use the X Axis and the Y Axis tabs on the Graph Window Options dialog box to customize the appearance of the X and Y axes, specify new axis labels, and adjust the scale for the graph.
Graph—Appears on the Y Axis tab only and displays a list of available subgraphs. Subgraphs are used to plot multiple sets of data that share a common X axis but have different Y axes. Select a subgraph for which you want to customize the Y axis.
Axis Label—Edit an axis label. The label is a text line that appears next to each axis. You can change the style, color, and size of the label's font by clicking Text Style. Use the Display Axis Label check box to turn the axis label on or off.
Range—Change the range of the axis. Use this area to modify minimum and maximum values so that the window displays a specified graph segment.
Tick Marks—Set the number of major and minor tick marks on the axis.
Tick Labels—Change the alignment of value labels for the major tick marks. To change the font style, color, and size, click the Text Style button.
Grid Lines—Select grid line style. Click the color selection button to change line color.
Axis—Modify axis thickness. Click the color selection button to change axis color.
Scaling—Adjust the scale for your graph:
Log Scale—Change the values on the axis to a logarithmic scale. Using a logarithmic scale can provide you with additional information that you may not be able to see on a normal scale.
Scale—Appears on the Y Axis tab only. You can use it to change the scale of the Y axis.