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Why are there numbers for the Grapher axis labels when there should be dates?

In Grapher, the first two columns of data are automatically used for the X and Y values. If the data contains recognized date formats, the axes are automatically formatted for date labels. If the data contains recognized numeric format, the axes are automatically formatted for numbers. Most of the time in Grapher 12, when you change the X or Y columns, the axis formatting changes to the appropriate date/time or numbers, respectively.

 

Sometimes when you add a plot to an existing graph, these default settings for the new plot will change the axis to incorrectly show numbers instead of dates.

 

If the axis is showing numbers and you want to show date or time labels, the axis can be manually changed. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Click once on the axis to select it.
  2. In the Property Manager, click on the Tick Labels tab.
  3. Click the next + to the Major Label Text section, if necessary.
  4. To show date/time formats, check the box next to the Use date/time format option.

Check the Use date/time format option to show dates on the axis.
Check the Use date/time format box to use date/time labels. Uncheck the box to use numeric labels.

 

Updated September 30, 2016

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