MATLAB Answers

1

How can I rotate the axis tick labels in 2-D and 3-D?

I would like to rotate the axis tick labels in 2-D and 3-D.

4 Answers

Answer by MathWorks Support Team on 5 May 2016
 Accepted Answer

For MATLAB releases before R2014b, below is an example that demonstrates how to rotate the X-tick labels in MATLAB :
 
% Create some data:
X = 1:12;
Y = rand(1,12);
% Generate a plot
bar(X,Y);
% Set the tick locations and remove the labels
set(gca,'XTick',1:12,'XTickLabel','')
% Define the labels
lab = [{'January'};{'February'};{'March'};{'April'};{'May'};{'June'};...
{'July'};{'August'};{'September'};{'October'};...
{'November'};{'December'}];
% Estimate the location of the labels based on the position
% of the xlabel
hx = get(gca,'XLabel'); % Handle to xlabel
set(hx,'Units','data');
pos = get(hx,'Position');
y = pos(2);
% Place the new labels
for i = 1:size(lab,1)
t(i) = text(X(i),y,lab(i,:));
end
set(t,'Rotation',90,'HorizontalAlignment','right')
Following is a simple example of how to rotate an x-label in 3-D:
 
view(3)
xlabel('Hello');
h = get(gca,'xlabel');
set(h,'Rotation',20)
Alternatively, you can use this user created File Exchange submission that can perform the same task:
Please note that the above File Exchange file was not authored by MathWorks. Any questions regarding this file should be directed to the contributing author of that file.
NOTE: If you are working under the MS Windows version of MATLAB, you will need to make sure that you are using a Truetype font in your text objects. Truetype are the only fonts which can be rotated correctly on the screen and on printouts.

  2 Comments

I think you are confusing "xlabel" with "XTickLabel" I believe the question is regarding the rotation of XTickLabels and not the Xlabel itself. I too am searching for a solution regarding the rotaion of XTickLabels but have yet to find one.
Have you tried out his code? Actually, it rotates the 'XTickLabel', check the loop part.

Sign in to comment.


Answer by daniel
on 12 Feb 2015

if you have 2014b you can do this:
ax = gca;
ax.XTickLabelRotation = -45;

  3 Comments

^ Thanks. Glad they finally implemented this.
You saved my ages. Daniel. Thanks!
This is the most convenient solution here.

Sign in to comment.


Answer by Alexey
on 6 Jan 2016

or (I think starting with 2014) you can just do
ax.XTickLabelRotation=45;
as per docs

  0 Comments

Sign in to comment.


Answer by Abdullah Caliskan on 12 Apr 2016

Another way
List={'AAAAAAA','BBBBBBb','CCCCCCCC'}
bar(1:3 ,[0.5 0.3 0.2])
set(gca,'XTickLabel',List)
set(gca,'XTickLabelRotation',45)

  0 Comments

Sign in to comment.