SharpPlot Reference > SharpPlot Properties > XLabelFormat Property

SharpPlot.XLabelFormat Property

Set a picture format for X-Labels.

public string XLabelFormat {get; set;}

This uses the normal C# format string, with two small variations. The ‘%’ symbol has no effect on the scale of the data, and you may use the ‘~’ character anywhere in the picture to suppress the digit at that position.


sp.XLabelFormat = "Week #0";

To label the tickmarks ‘Week 1’ ‘Week 2’ .... ‘Week 52’ as appropriate.

Wrapping text labels

Text labels may be wrapped into a preset width with a format such as:

sp.XLabelFormat = "XXXXXX;";

This will force the labels to wrap at the length of the given string. If the string is simply ‘XXXXXXX’ then longer labels are clipped, and are ended with an ellipsis ‘...’ to denote truncation if any.

Formatting multi-line labels

Normally the entire pattern applies to each line of a multi-line label, however a pattern such as ‘XX\nXXXX; will be applied line by line. This can be used to handle spanned date labels quite effectively, for example a date picture like ‘MMMyyyy’ could be used with a label formatter like ‘X~~\nXXXX’ to make a set of spanned labels showing the first letter of each month in the top line and the full year in the line below.

See also ...

Using Picture Formatters | Formatting text with simple HTML tags | SharpPlot Members | SharpPlot.XDateFormat Property

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