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    Axis labels are the text referring to major divisions which appear along an axis. On a category axis, axis labels display category names, while those on a value axis display values. FlexChart, by default, automatically generates the axis labels for both axes depending on the data and displays or hides them according to the available space along the axis line. However, you can set the chart to display axis labels for the maximum and minimum values always while automatic generation and placement, by setting the LabelMax and LabelMin properties respectively to True. By default, the LabelMax property displays the maximum axis value which may or may not be in sync with the axis intervals as set by the MajorUnit property. To avoid this situation of uneven intervals, you can set RoundLimits property of the Axis class to true. You can also choose to hide all the labels of a particular axis by setting the Labels property of Axis class to False. FlexChart also lets you position the data labels with respect to the tick marks on the axis by setting the LabelAlignment property. You can change the format of axis labels by setting the Format property.

    To set axis labels in FlexChart, use the following code. This code sets the format, alignment, interval, and the maximum axis level in FlexChart.

    //Specifies label position relative to its axis line
    flexChart1.AxisX.LabelAlignment = AxisLabelAlignment.Top;
    flexChart1.AxisY.Format = "#,##0,,";
    //Displays max axis value
    flexChart1.AxisY.LabelMax = true;
    //Rounds off max axis value
    flexChart1.AxisY.RoundLimits = true;                    

    Manage Overlapping Axis Labels

    Overlapping of axis labels, generally, occurs due to long axis label text or a large number of data points plotted on a chart. With FlexChart, you get many options to manage your axis labels. You can choose any of them according to the chart data and your requirement.

    Overlapping label options

    As mentioned earlier, by default, FlexChart automatically places the axis labels and hides the overlapping labels if the space does not allow to display them. However, FlexChart provides various options to handle the overlapping labels. The OverlappingLabels property of Axis class, which is set to Auto by default and is responsible for hiding the overlapping axis labels, also lets you show, trim or wrap the labels in the case of overlapping. This property accepts value from OverlappingLabels enumeration.


    Auto mode


    Show mode


    Trim mode


    Wrap mode
        //Wrap the label text if it exceeds the available width
        this.flexChart1.AxisX.OverlappingLabels = OverlappingLabels.WordWrap;
        ' Wrap the label text if it exceeds the available width
        me.flexChart1.AxisX.OverlappingLabels = OverlappingLabels.WordWrap                   

    Adjust Axis Labels Orientation

    FlexChart supports changing orientation of axis label text. Change in label orientation is one of the most used methods to manage the overlapping of axis labels. With FlexChart, you can change the orientation of label text by setting the VerticalText property to true. This property renders the axis label text vertically which is horizontally oriented, by default.

    //set the orientation of labels
    this.flexChart1.AxisX.Style.VerticalText = true;
    this.flexChart1.AxisY.Style.VerticalText = false;
    ' set the orientation of labels
    me.flexChart1.AxisX.Style.VerticalText = true
    me.flexChart1.AxisY.Style.VerticalText = false

    Rotate Axis Labels

    Another option to handle overlapping axis labels could be to rotate them with respect to the axis line by setting the LabelAngle property. This property accepts the numerical values from -90 to 90 in degrees and rotates the axis labels by the specified angle in anti-clockwise direction, thus giving it a more aesthetic look.

    Rotate mode

        //Rotate the labels counter-clockwise by 70 degrees
        this.flexChart1.AxisX.LabelAngle = 70;
        'Rotate the labels counter-clockwise by 70 degrees
        me.flexChart1.AxisX.LabelAngle = 70                  

    Staggered Axis Labels

    Staggering the axis labels is another effective method of managing the overlapping axis labels. This way, you can arrange the axis labels in multiple lines so that they do not overlap and yet be visible. This can be done by setting value of the StaggeredLines property to a value greater than 1, which is default value of the property.  

    stagger mode

        //Display the axis labels in staggered lines
        this.flexChart1.AxisX.StaggeredLines = 2;
        'Display the axis labels in staggered lines
        me.flexChart1.AxisX.StaggeredLines = 2                  

    Custom Format Axis Labels

    In addition to changing the format of Axis labels using the Format property, FlexChart allows you to specify a custom formatter for axis labels.  It provides Formatter property in the Axis class that lets you create you own custom format and apply it to the axis labels.

    The following image shows custom format applied to the y-axis labels.

    The following code sets custom format for y-axis labels using the Formatter property. In this example, we created a class named CustomAxisLabelFormatter to define a custom format which is applied to the y-axis labels using the Formatter property.

    //using a custom formatter, to format the Axis labels
    this.flexChart1.AxisY.Formatter = new CustomAxisLabelFormatter();
    ' using a custom formatter, to format the Axis labels
    me.flexChart1.AxisY.Formatter = new CustomAxisLabelFormatter()

    The following code showcases the CustomAxisLabelFormatter class that defines the custom format.

    internal class CustomAxisLabelFormatter : ICustomFormatter
        public string Format(string format, object arg, IFormatProvider formatProvider)
            //applying a custom format
            var formattedString = string.Format("{0:0,.#k}", arg);
            //returning the custom formatted string
            return formattedString;
    Friend Class CustomAxisLabelFormatter Inherits ICustomFormatter
     Public Function Format(ByVal format As String, ByVal arg As Object, ByVal formatProvider As IFormatProvider) As String
         Dim formattedString = String.Format("{0:0,.#k}", arg)
         Return formattedString
     End Function
    End Class