I have a plot as shown, enter image description here

I want to change the axes ticks of the negative values as shown below, enter image description here

I went through this post and with this answer, I am able to do only for Y-axis. Can someone please let me know how can I do this for both axes?.

Note: I also tried the comments from this answer for X-axis but that approach is not working.

If there is any other simple ways, please let me know.

Thanks in advance :)

  • $\begingroup$ Modified Mr. Wizard's code slightly, here - seems to as you wish $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 9:58
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    – Michael E2
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 9:59
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot @JasonB. I didn't remove the ticks[[1]] in show function and that caused all the issues. Again thanks a lot. One more thing, If I do this, the font style between negative and positive ticks are different. Any idea how to fix that? $\endgroup$
    – Selva
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 10:06
  • $\begingroup$ Never mind... Got it by adding Style[xlabels, ...] in the show function. Thanks $\endgroup$
    – Selva
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 11:37

2 Answers 2


So this isn't as robust as I would like, but it works decently on many test cases. I wish there was a way of extracting the automatic tick placement so that you could just reverse it,

flipNegativeTicks[plot_] := 
 Module[{ticks, xticks, yticks, xlabels, ylabels, xpos, ypos, range},
  ticks = Ticks /. AbsoluteOptions[plot];
  range = Charting`get2DPlotRange@plot;
  {ypos, xpos} = Last /@ range/17;

  {yticks, ylabels} = 
   Replace[ticks[[2]], {a_?Negative, b_, c_, x__} :> {a, 
       Sow@Text[b, {ypos, a}];, -c, x}, 1] // Reap;
  {xticks, xlabels} = 
   Replace[ticks[[1]], {a_?Negative, b_, c_, x__} :> {a, 
       Sow@Text[b, {a, xpos}];, -c, x}, 1] // Reap;
  Show[plot, Graphics[{xlabels, ylabels}], Ticks -> {xticks, yticks}, 
   PlotRange -> Charting`get2DPlotRange@plot]

flipNegativeTicks@Plot[40 Sin[x/20], {x, -10, 70}]

flipNegativeTicks@Plot[Sinc[x/10000], {x, -50000, 70000}]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ This is really helpful. I am beginner here, can you please help me to get tick labels as -10.0, 10.0, 20.0 etc in place -10. , 10. , 20. $\endgroup$
    – sourav c.
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 11:20
  • $\begingroup$ @souravc - do you want to do that while also using the trick from this post, or just as a separate issue? $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ yes, when I am using the trick described in the above post I want to get tick labels as -10.0, 10.0, 20.0 etc in place -10. , 10. , 20. Should I ask a separate question? $\endgroup$
    – sourav c.
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 13:40
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @souravc - if you take the trick here, add the line ticks = ticks /. {a_, b_?NumericQ, c__} :> {a, NumberForm[SetPrecision[b, 4], 3], c}; after the line where ticks is defined, then the very first example plot here will do what you are looking for. This isn't versatile though, since for the second example it spits out an error because the NumberForm doesn't give enough zeros. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot. It is working for me. I will keep in mind the probable loopholes. $\endgroup$
    – sourav c.
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 14:05

This is a motivating post. I'm sure others could do much better and I have not refined it (no time):

tf[n_?Positive] := Table[{j, j, {0.02, 0.02}}, {j, 1, n}]
tf[n_] := Table[{j, "", {0.02, 0.02}}, {j, n, -1}]
txth[{l_, u_}, p_, col_] := 
 Text[Style[#, col], {#, p}] & /@ Range[l, u]
txtv[{l_, u_}, p_, col_] := 
 Text[Style[#, col], {p, #}] & /@ Range[l, u]
gl[{l_, u_}, s_] := 
 Table[{j, {Gray, Thick}}, {j, l, u}]~Join~
  Table[{j, LightGray}, {j, l, u, s}]
 Plot[Sin[x], {x, -6, 6}, 
  Ticks -> {tf[-6]~Join~tf[6], tf[-3]~Join~tf[3]}, 
  Epilog -> {txth[{-6, -1}, p, Red]~Join~txtv[{-3, -1}, p, Red]}, 
  GridLines -> {gl[{-6, 6}, 0.2], gl[{-4, 4}, 0.2]}, 
  AspectRatio -> Automatic, PlotRange -> {-4, 4}], {p, 0.1, 0.5}]

enter image description here


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