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Oracle® Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer Plus
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

Part Number B40105-02
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Edit Graph dialog: X-Axis tab

Use this dialog to configure the X-axis (that is, the horizontal axis) of a graph. For example, you might want to specify a title for the X-axis.

Note: The fields that you use to specify a graph depend on the graph type selected.

This dialog is also displayed as:
Edit Graph dialog: X-Axis page

For more information, see:

"About using graphs in Discoverer"

"About components of a Discoverer graph"

Note: The graph type that you have selected determines which fields are displayed. Not all fields might be described on this help page.

Show X-Axis title

Use this check box to display or hide the X-axis title defined in the field below. By default, the title is displayed below the X-axis.

<Title field>

Use this field to enter the title text for the axis.


Use this button to add report information derived from dynamic values to the X-axis title (for example, workbook name, current date, current time). These dynamic values are updated automatically when you display, print, or export a graph.

X-Axis Title Font

Use this button to display the "Edit Graph dialog: Font dialog tab", which enables you to change the font style of the X-axis title.

Select options for line on the X-Axis

Select options for the labels displayed on the X-Axis

Use these options to specify how X-axis tick labels are displayed. Tick labels display graph scale information along the X and Y axes (for example, 100, 200, 300).

For more information about X-axis tick labels, see "About components of a Discoverer graph".

Automatically skip labels to fit

Use this option when you want to display only tick labels that fit on the graph without overlapping other labels.

Start with tick mark

Use this field to specify where to start the tick mark labels from. For example, type 3 to start from the third tick label from the left.

Tick marks to skip between labels

Use this field when you want to leave a gap between each tick mark label. For example, type 2 to leave a gap of two tick marks between each tick mark label.

(Scatter/Bubble and Circular graphs only) Set the scale you would like to use on this axis

Use the following fields to change the scale of the X-axis.

(Scatter/Bubble and Circular graphs only) Logarithmic scale

Use this check box to change the default linear scale of the X-axis to a logarithmic scale. When you select this check box, the adjacent Base drop down list becomes active, which enables you to change the default logarithmic base value.

You might use a logarithmic scale when you have numeric data that is widely spaced and you want to maintain the visibility of the smaller values. For example, if you had data ranging in value from 10 to 100,000 and you use the default linear scale, smaller values might not register on the graph. If you changed to a logarithmic scale of base 10, the smaller values would register on the graph.

Note: The e value in the Base drop down list equals 2.71 (sometimes referred to as a natural logarithm).

(Scatter/Bubble and Circular graphs only) Reference Lines

Use this button to display the Reference Lines dialog, which enables you to define up to three lines on a graph to emphasize particular data values on a graph. For example, you might add a reference line show the target sales value, to emphasize which regions achieved a target. For an example of a reference line on a graph, see "About components of a Discoverer graph".

Note: Reference lines on an X-Axis are typically used on circular graphs.

X-Axis Label Font

Use this button to display the "Edit Graph dialog: Font dialog tab", which enables you to change the font style of the X-axis label.