Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Changing Axis Tick Marks.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 20, 2016)
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:
Figure 1. The Scale tab of the Format Axis dialog box.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3200) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Changing Axis Tick Marks.
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