I'm trying to plot something using Plot[], and Mathematica keeps leaving off one of the axes. I can set Axes->{True,True}, but one of the axes is still missing. Unfortunately the functions I'm plotting have rather long expressions, and I can't find a shorter example that reproduces the behavior, so I can't show exactly what's going on. What are some possible reasons that Mathematica might leave one of the axes off of a plot, even with Axes->{True,True}?


You might be having a problem with AxesOrigin being off the plot. We can force this to happen by specifying both AxesOrigin and PlotRange:

Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 1}, AxesOrigin -> {-1, 0}, PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0, 1}}]

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If setting PlotRange -> All or PlotRange -> Full doesn't do the trick, you can manually specify the origin using: AxesOrigin -> {x, y}.

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    $\begingroup$ I just have tried AxesOrigin -> Scaled[{1, 1}] and it changes nothing! It seems that Scaled specification for AxesOrigin does not work! $\endgroup$ – Alexey Popkov Apr 16 '15 at 9:17
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexeyPopkov Confirmed... that's pretty weird. I think I remember reading another question that explained this behavior, but I can't find it now. Something to do with the order in which the positions are calculated. $\endgroup$ – 2012rcampion Apr 16 '15 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ Is Scaled specification for AxesOrigin documented? I have tried specifications like fScaled but they produce no error messages and changes nothing like Scaled. In previous versions incorrect specifications produced error messages, but now there are no messages and nothing happens: incorrect specifications seems to be simply ignored. I do not like this. $\endgroup$ – Alexey Popkov Apr 16 '15 at 14:42
  • $\begingroup$ Setting a specific origin worked. It's a little odd that the default origin was off the plot, though, especially since it wasn't on very similar plots. $\endgroup$ – Matt Apr 16 '15 at 16:19

Another possibility is to use PlotRangePadding.

Lets take 2012rcampion's answer

 Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 1}, AxesOrigin -> {-1, 0}, PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0, 1}}, PlotRangePadding -> {2, 0}]

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You can change the padding range to see when your axes are appearing.

Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 1}, AxesOrigin -> {-1, -1}, PlotRange -> {{0, 1}, {0, 1}}]
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    $\begingroup$ Are you sure this answers the questions at hand ? $\endgroup$ – Sektor Apr 26 '15 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ While this reproduces the issue described, albeit without demonstrating that the ineffectiveness of Axes -> {True, True}, it does not address the question asked by the OP. Consider adding an answer to the question or deleting your answer. $\endgroup$ – Michael E2 Apr 26 '15 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ no axis sure!!!! $\endgroup$ – Nikos Mantzakouras Apr 26 '15 at 19:37

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