Mathematica chooses the PlotRange for a ListPlot such that the lowest x-value lies on the y-axis and vice versa. Because of this these points often are difficult to find. I could increase the dot size, but then a listplot easily becomes messy.

Isn't there some kind of zoom-out function or parameter which increases the limits of both plotranges? I tried ImagePadding, but that adds a padding around the full plot, including the axes.

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    $\begingroup$ PlotRangePadding? $\endgroup$ – kglr Feb 4 '15 at 12:18
  • $\begingroup$ @kguler - I almost felt embarrassed that I didn't find that, but it doesn't do the trick: the points remain on the axes. Oddly, in the help file example it does exactly what I want. Thanks for your reply, anyway. $\endgroup$ – stevenvh Feb 4 '15 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ You can set the x and y ranges both with PlotRange->{{xmin,xmax},{ymin,ymax} $\endgroup$ – Jason B. Feb 4 '15 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ @steven, you probably need to play with AxesOrigin too. $\endgroup$ – kglr Feb 4 '15 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ Steven, nice to see you posting again. :-) $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Feb 4 '15 at 13:29

I propose using PlotRangePadding and a partial Frame in place of axis lines:

ListPlot[Prime @ Range @ 25,
 PlotRangePadding -> Scaled[0.1],
 Axes -> False, 
 Frame -> {True, True, False, False}

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  • $\begingroup$ Clever! Thanks a bunch. (I knew you would be here :-)) $\endgroup$ – stevenvh Feb 4 '15 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ @steven You're welcome. How are you? $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Feb 4 '15 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ Fine, thanks. Not very much mathematica for the moment, and active in electronics, but not on stackexchange for the moment. Olin must have taken my #1 position long ago already :-) $\endgroup$ – stevenvh Feb 4 '15 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ It seems the "Axes->False" isn't required; apparently the Frame parameter switches off axes automagically. $\endgroup$ – stevenvh Feb 5 '15 at 9:09
  • $\begingroup$ @stevenvh In version 10 it is required; without it I get: i.stack.imgur.com/aYBHb.png $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Feb 5 '15 at 10:57

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