Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Changing Axis Tick Marks.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 25, 2015)
If you use an Excel chart type that uses axes, you may have noticed the presence of "tick marks" on one or all of the axes. Tick marks are used to indicate a major or minor demarcation along an axis. For instance, if you have an axis that ranges from 0 to 1000, there may be major tick marks at every 100 in the range, and minor tick marks at every 50.
Excel normally sets up the tick marks for you, but you can change the way they appear by following these steps if you are using Excel 2007 or Excel 2010:
Figure 1. The Axis Options tab of the Format Axis dialog box.
The steps in Excel 2013 are largely identical, except that you end up working with the Format Axis task pane instead of the Format Axis dialog box.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6211) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Changing Axis Tick Marks.
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