MATLAB Answers

how to change the axis line color white but maintain the font color black?

314 views (last 30 days)
Sharah on 27 Oct 2016
Edited: Image Analyst on 24 Jul 2020
I am trying to get a graph look like this, but when I change the color of axis to white the font becomes white too


Adam on 27 Oct 2016
Please post what code you are using. Axes are white by default, with black text. Do you mean you are making the grid lines white? If so when I do this everything else remains unchanged, so I'm not really sure what settings you are changing.

Sign in to comment.

Answers (3)

Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 27 Oct 2016
Does this help:
y = sin([1:40]/10);
plot(y, 'm*-');
grid on;
ax = gca % Get handle to current axes.
ax.XColor = 'r'; % Red
ax.YColor = 'b'; % Blue
ax.GridAlpha = 0.9; % Make grid lines less transparent.
ax.GridColor = [0.1, 0.7, 0.2]; % Dark Green.


Sign in to comment.

Jan on 27 Oct 2016
Create 2 axes: 1 for the lables and another on top for the grid:
Axes1H = axes('NextPlot', 'add');
Axes1H = axes('NextPlot', 'add', 'YTickLabel', {}, 'XTickLabel', {}, ...
'XColor', [1,1,1], 'YColor', [1,1,1], ...
'Color', [0.5, 0.5, 0.5], ...
'Box', 'on', 'XGrid', 'on', 'YGrid', 'on');


Sara Fawal
Sara Fawal on 23 Jul 2020
Hello Jan,
Is there a way to set ALL the Y axis colors in a subplot to black using the findall command?
I want to do this:
set(findall(gcf, 'ALL Y Axis Colors', 'k'))
Can it be done?
Thank you
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 24 Jul 2020
As I said in my Answer, leave off the semicolon when you call Axes1H. Then you'll get a partial list of properties you can change. Click the Show All Properties link to see a list of all of them. There are lots of things there you can change including the colors and sizes of axes and tick marks.

Sign in to comment.

Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 27 Oct 2016
Do this right after you plot something.
ax = gca % Don't use a semicolon.
Then, in the command window, click the link to show all properties. There you can see how you can change virtually anything.

  1 Comment

Sharah on 27 Oct 2016
I know that one, but the problem is when I change fore example the 'XColor' which is the axis color on X side to white, the font of XTickLabel will change to white too. How to maintain the black font color but only change the axis color

Sign in to comment.


Community Treasure Hunt

Find the treasures in MATLAB Central and discover how the community can help you!

Start Hunting!

Translated by