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

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-08-20

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

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.

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Move 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 -400 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 (-400 in our example) in following box.


One click to move the X-axis to bottom with an amazing tool

Supposing you have created a cluster column chart as you below screenshot shown. and you can one click to move its horizontal axis to the bottom by Move X-axis to Negative/Zero/Bottom tool of Kutools for Excel.

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Select the cluster column chart whose horizontal axis you will move, and click Kutools > Chart Tools > Move X-axis to Negative/Zero/Bottom.

Then the horizontal X axis is moved to the bottom of the cluster column chart immediately. See screenshot:


Demo: Move X axis' labels below negative value/zero/bottom in Excel


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De gran ayuda tu tutorial!

Muchas gracias
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Perfect, thanks!
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Thanks! It worked
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Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!
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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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Correction sorry - it does work for single columns, but not a stacked column graph.
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