I want to display one axis using dollar amounts in the tickmarks (as "$500"). Searched the documentation but I cannot see AccountingForm doing that and I am stuck.

  • $\begingroup$ Ticks should see you right. This answer: mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/5276/131 should be adaptable. $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Oct 21, 2016 at 15:09
  • $\begingroup$ Not that I can tell.Ticks -> {NumberForm[{0, 500, 1000}, NumberSigns -> {"-$", "$"}], Automatic} produces an error. $\endgroup$
    – Nicholas G
    Oct 21, 2016 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ I used this as a workaround, but it seems embarassingly elaborate. I define a pair of values and same with the dollar sign prepended: tks = Table[{i, NumberForm[i, NumberSigns -> {"-$", "$"}]}, {i, 0, 1000, 500}] and then inside the graph Ticks -> {tks, Automatic}. $\endgroup$
    – Nicholas G
    Oct 21, 2016 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ Adding a working, self-contained example may help getting more help. Your fix does not seem too bad though, if you are happy with the results. $\endgroup$
    – Yves Klett
    Oct 21, 2016 at 15:25

1 Answer 1


I figured it out, adapting it from here:

Define a tick function using minimum and maximum:

dollarticks[min_, max_] := {#, NumberForm[#, NumberSigns -> {"-$", "$"}]} & /@ N[FindDivisions[{min, max}, 3]]

Then use that in the graph with:

Ticks -> {dollarticks, Automatic}

Quod erat demonstrandum.

Then I developed a fuller version, that drops the trailing period signifying [working precision?]. First define a function that can also be used by itself in a tick specification:

adollartick[x_] := {x,
  If[Round[x]==x,(*is the rightmost character a period, 
   from some precision?*)
   NumberForm[Round@x, NumberSigns -> {"-$", "$"}, 
      DigitBlock -> 3](*put dollar sign and comma and use Round to drop the last digit*)
   NumberForm[x, NumberSigns -> {"-$", "$"}, 
    DigitBlock -> 3](*just put dollar sign and comma*)

and then define the function for putting few dollar ticks:

dollarticks[min_, max_] := adollartick[#] & /@ 
  N[FindDivisions[{min, max}, 
    3]](*to produce dollar amounts as tick marks with few tickmarks*)

or many

dollarticks7[min_, max_] := 
 adollartick[#] & /@ 
  N[FindDivisions[{min, max}, 
    7]](*to produce dollar amounts as tick marks with more tickmarks*)

While we are at it, do the same for percentage ticks:

apercenttick[x_] := {x, If[
    Round[100 x] == 100 x,(*is rightmost a period?*)
    ToString[Round[100 x]],(*then drop it by using Round*)
    ToString[100 x]](*else just multily by 100*)
   <> "%"}(*and append a % sign*)

percentticks[min_, max_] := apercenttick[#]& /@ N[FindDivisions[{min, max}, 7]]

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