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Axes in a Cartesian chart play a vital role in identifying the value of the visualized data. Charts typically have two axes that are used to measure and categorize data: a vertical axis (y-axis) and a horizontal axis (x-axis).

WPF Chart Axis documentation

The vertical axis always uses a numerical scale. The horizontal axis supports the following scale types:

  • Category
  • Numeric
  • Date-time
  • Logarithmic
  • Date-time category


WPF chart shows the category axis in X scale.


The categorical axis is a nonlinear axis that displays text in axis labels.

WPF chart shows the numerical axis in Y scale.


The numerical axis is a linear axis that displays numbers with an equal interval in axis labels.

WPF chart shows the date-time axis in X scale.


The date-time axis displays date-time values with an equal interval in axis labels. It is typically used as an x-axis.

WPF chart shows the log axis in Y scale.


Uses a logarithmic scale and displays numbers in labels.

WPF chart shows the date-time category axis in X scale.

Date-time category

Nonlinear date-time axis that accepts date-time values and renders data based on its index.


WPF Charts control with multiple axes in opposite positions.

Opposite axis

Axis being rendered in the opposite side of the default position.

WPF chart axis automatic range calculation.

Smart range calculation

The best possible axis ranges and intervals are calculated automatically based on the given values. The ranges can also be further customized using range padding.

WPF chart shows the axis crossing support. The axis can be positioned anywhere in chart area.

Axis crossing

The position of the axis can be moved anywhere in the chart relative to its associated axis.

WPF Charts control with multiple plot areas.

Multiple panes

Add multiple panes to a chart.

WPF Charts control with customized axis labels.

Axis labels

Charts provides many customization options for axis labels, including positioning, placement, label format, and rotation. It also has options to avoid labels overlapping.

WPF axis scale break in chart control

Axis scale break

A scale break is a stripe drawn chart area of a to denote a break in continuity of data points. This allows users to view different ranges in the same chart area without having a huge space in the plot area.

WPF chart with multiple axes.

Multiple axes

Use multiple axes to plot different data sets along two or more axes having different data points and values.

WPF Charts control with inversed axis.

Inversed axis

The values in an axis are inverted. Data on an inverted axis is plotted in the opposite direction–top to bottom for Y-axis and right to left for X-axis.


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