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How to move chart X axis below negative values/zero/bottom in Excel?

When negative data existing in source data, the chart X axis stays in the middle of chart. For good looking, some users may want to move the X axis below negative labels, below zero, or to the bottom in the chart in Excel. This article introduce two methods to help you solve it in Excel.

Move X axis' labels below negative value/zero/bottom with formatting X axis in chart

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arrow blue right bubbleMove X axis' labels below negative value/zero/bottom with formatting X axis in chart

Actually we can change the X axis labels' position in a chart in Excel easily. And you can do as follows:

1. Right click the X axis in the chart, and select the Format Axis from the right-clicking menu.

2. Go ahead based on your Microsoft Excel's version:
(1) In Excel 2013's Format Axis pane, expand the Labels on the Axis Options tab, click the Label Position box and select Low from the drop down list;
(2) In Excel 2007 and 2010's Format Axis dialog box, click Axis Options in left bar, click the Axis labels box and select Low from drop down list.

Excel 2013 or higher versions:

Excel 2007 and 2010:

3. Close the Format Axis dialog box or pane. Then you will see the X Axis' labels are moved to the bottom in the chart as below screen shot shown:

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arrow blue right bubbleMove X axis and labels below negative value/zero/bottom with formatting Y axis in chart

In addition to changing X axis's label position, we can also move chart X axis below negative values and to the bottom with formatting the Y axis as follows:

1. Right click the Y axis and select the Format Axis from the right-clicking menu.

2. Go ahead based on your Microsoft Excel's version:
(1) In Excel 2013's Format Axis pane, go to the Axis Options tab, check the Axis value option in the Horizontal axis crosses section, and enter the minimum value of Y axis in the following box. In our example, we type -600 into the Axis value box.
(2) In Excel 2007 and 2010's Format Axis dialog box, click Axis Options in left bar, check Axis value option and type the minimum value of Y axis (-600 in our example) in following box.

Excel 2013 and higher versions:

Excel 2007 and 2010:

3. Close the Format Axis pane/dialog box. Then you will see the X axis and its labels are moved to the bottom of chart (below 0/negative values) at once.


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    krish · 5 months ago
    Thanks! It worked
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    Aadil · 10 months ago
    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Katherine · 1 years ago
    Hi, I tried this today and it would not work for me. For bars did not increase in length as shown in your examples. Any ideas what might be going wrong?
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      Katherine · 1 years ago
      Correction sorry - it does work for single columns, but not a stacked column graph.
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    Adrian · 2 years ago
    Thank You!! Helped! Specially with Y axis crossing excel!
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    Ricky · 2 years ago
    Thanks, best explanation that i found.