Changing space between labels in a graph?

Participant ,
Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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Hi,


Is there any way to change the space between labels in a graph? Or change the width between each tick mark? I know how to change the width of the columns themselves and I see something there called cluster width, but when I fool around with those, they don't widen the actual width between labels/tick marks. The answer's probably simple, but I'm still learning the graph tool.

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Participant , Jun 19, 2017 Jun 19, 2017
Thanks. Unfortunately, increasing the width does nothing but make the numbers bigger.I gave up and created it manually.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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Can you please show an example?

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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Here's the graph I'm working on. I need the columns far enough apart that the numbers aren't overlapping. I've tried decreasing the font size, but the only way to get the labels looking decent is to make them so small they'd either be unreadable or the graph would have to be resized to the size of the whole page to make them readable.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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But resizing the graph is your only option.

There's no space left on that x-axis.

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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Exactly. But when I try scaling the graph, that only makes a bigger graph with bigger overlapping numbers. When I try recreating it as a larger graph, the same thing happens. I need to increase the space between labels/tick marks. Is there a way to do that?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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Adjust these two:

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Participant ,
Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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The column and cluster width? I've tried that. It just changes the thickness of the columns and moves them closer together. And it doesn't do anything to the labels.

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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Can you please show some examples of what you have tried so far?

If there's not enough space on your axis, you won't see any good results.

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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90 40.pngThis is with a column width of 90 and a cluster width of 40.

120 100.pngThis is with a column width of 120 and a cluster width of 100.

scaled.pngThis is with the graph scaled to 200%.

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Mentor ,
Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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It looks like you have two sets of numbers running horizontally, one over lapping the other.  Remove one set and with the remaining set adjust the horizontal scale to around 66 - 70% ad see if reducing the size by a point or two is doable.

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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I just tried recreating your graph by increasing the amount of space between the vertical spans.  I failed to get the text to fit using a 66% horizontal scale and reducing the font size a few points.  The only way to make it work is to increase the entire width of the graph and tripling the amount of space between vertical spans.

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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It's not letting me add more images, but I also tried redoing the graph with it bigger from the beginning (instead of transforming it). It looks the same as when scaled. I also tried changing the font size, but the only way to make them not overlap is to make the font size too small to read.

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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To do what you want you might try just labeling every 5th or 10th bar. People can figure it out on their own if they want specific numbers.

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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I would love to, but I can't. I'm just creating it based off of what the author says.

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Jun 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017

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Then you'll have to rotate the text 90 degrees. It can only be as wide as the two bars for each data set.

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Jun 19, 2017 Jun 19, 2017

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Thanks. Unfortunately, increasing the width does nothing but make the numbers bigger.I gave up and created it manually.

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New Here ,
Nov 07, 2019 Nov 07, 2019

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Hi!

I think I found the solution to this issue! (I know I'm a year late, but other people may benefit).

To edit the position and/or orientation of the text elements you need to select all the text elements with the "Direct selection tool" (white arrow) and the go to "Effects">"Distort and Transform">"Transform"  once there you can play with the controls to organize your text elements. 
Cheers!

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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Well this helped me now in 2021!  Thank you!

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