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Axis Properties Dialog Box, Axis Options

Select Axis Options on the Horizontal or Vertical Axis Properties dialog box to define the appearance of the specified axis of the chart. In previous versions of Reporting Services, the chart displayed all labels on the x-axis by default. However, starting in Reporting Services 2008, the chart skips labels in order to produce a cleaner image on the chart and avoid labeling collisions. For more information, see Formatting Axis Labels on a Chart (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS).

Enable scale breaks

Select this option to enable the chart to draw a scale breaks when it is deemed necessary. When this option is enabled, the chart will automatically calculate whether there is sufficient difference between the high and low points in the dataset to draw a scale break.

Reverse direction

Select this option to reverse the direction of the chart. For example, by default, a column chart displays the y-axis on the left side of the chart and categories from left to right. When this option is selected, the chart displays the y-axis on the right side of the chart and categories from right to left.

Use interlacing color

Select this option to add strip lines to the chart, and then select a color or type an expression. Strip lines are shaded bands on the chart area that give the effect of alternating light and dark areas between gridlines. These strip lines are useful for highlighting repeating patterns on an axis.

Always include zero

Select this option to always include zero on the axis scale. If this option is not enabled, the chart will not label the zero value on the axis. Including zero values is useful when the dataset includes negative or zero values.

Scalar axis

Select this option to display a set of axis values on a continuous scale. For example, if the dataset contains data for January, March, and November, a non-scalar axis displays only those months, whereas a scalar axis displays all of the months in the year.

Use logarithmic scale

Select this option to indicate that the axis scale is logarithmic. This option is available only on the y-axis if the axis contains positive numeric values.

In the box, type the logarithmic base to use when the axis is set to use a logarithmic scale. By default, the chart uses a base of 10 for the logarithmic scale of an axis. This option is available only on the y-axis if the axis is numeric.

Minimum

Type an expression or a value for the minimum value for the x-axis. If omitted, the minimum value is determined by the data returned by the dataset.

Maximum

Type an expression or a value for the maximum value for the x-axis. If omitted, the maximum value is determined by the data returned by the dataset.

Interval

Type an expression or value for the interval between axis labels. For example, type 1 to display each category label on the axis. Type 2 to display every other category label. If omitted, the labels are calculated automatically based on the values in the dataset.

Interval type

Type an expression or a value for the interval type of the interval specified. For example, if you want the interval to be two days, you will specify 2 for interval and Days for interval type.

Side margins

Type an expression or select a value to add or remove a margin between the chart elements and the sides of the chart. If this option is set to Auto, a side margins are added.

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