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Drawing the x-axis at y=0

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David on 4 Nov 2011
Hello. At least as the default option, MATLAB draws the x-axis at the bottom-most part of the graph. However, I would like to draw it at y=0 as is a common convention. Is it possible in MATLAB? (including the scale on the axis, and replacing the default axis drawn at the bottom)
Thanks, David

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Brian Russell
Brian Russell on 30 Apr 2021
if all you want is dark axes on your plot at x = 0 and y = 0 you just need the commands xline(0) and yline(0). This question is all over MATLAB Central and everybody gives a more complicated solution. Maybe i don't understand the question!
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 1 May 2021
xline() and yline() are new as of R2018b; a lot of the other replies are dealing with older releases.
Gehad Qaki
Gehad Qaki on 7 Dec 2022
This is incredible @Brian Russell. Thank you so much for the very simple solution to a very simple problem. I urge everyone to upvote this response so people see it quicker!

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Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson on 30 Mar 2023
Matlab now has support for this. You can set the property of the axes handle. No tricks of FEX required. :)
ax = gca;
ax.XAxisLocation = "origin";
ax.YAxisLocation = "origin";
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Christian Schröder
Christian Schröder on 18 Jan 2024
Thanks! This is the correct way to do this in modern MATLAB, and this should be the accepted answer.

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Amith Kamath
Amith Kamath on 4 Nov 2011

Jan on 4 Nov 2011
Further solutions:
It is always a good idea to search in the FEX.

Meade on 18 Jan 2017
For posterity, this has been fixed in the HG2 Update. Linked below since this thread is currently the top search result on the topic.
Bartche on 3 Mar 2021
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