How to Create an XY Chart With a Centered Axis in Word

Like Excel, a chart that you create in Word 2013 normally has the X-axis along the bottom of the chart and the Y-axis along the left. To move either of these or both to the center, change the Axis Options.

Creating an XY Chart in Word

Step

Open any Word document and click the Insert tab. Click the Chart icon that appears in the Insert ribbon.

Click the Chart icon.
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Select any X Y (Scatter) chart.
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Step

Click the X Y (Scatter) chart category and then choose any chart that displays at the top of the Chart window. A preview of the chart appears when you click a thumbnail. Click OK.

Enter your data for the chart.
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Step

Enter your data in the Excel-like worksheet that displays. As you change the data, the chart changes as well.

Centering the Axis

Step

Double-click any number in the Y-axis to center the X-axis in the chart. The Format Axis menu opens with the Axis Options section already selected.

Double-click a number in the Y-axis.
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Change the Minimum Bounds value to the negative of the Maximum.
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Step

Change the Minimum Bounds value to the negative of what the Maximum value is. For example, if the Maximum value is 4.0, set the Minimum value to -4.0. This centers the X-axis along the Y-axis.

Step

Alternatively, change the Horizontal Axis Crosses option from Automatic to Axis Value and then enter the number that is halfway between the current Minimum and Maximum Bounds values. For example, if the Y-axis range is from 0 to 4, entering 2 centers the X-axis along the Y-axis.

Center the Y-axis on the X-axis.
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Step

Double-click any number in the X-axis to center the Y-axis in the chart. Either change its Minimum Bounds value to the negative of its maximum, or change the Horizontal Axis Crosses to a value halfway between the Minimum and Maximum Bounds values.