is an option for graphics functions that specifies how much further axes etc. should extend beyond the range of coordinates specified by PlotRange.


  • PlotRangePadding can be used for both two- and three-dimensional graphics.
  • The settings can be of the following forms:
  • pthe same padding in all directions
    {px,py,}different padding in different directions
    {{pxL,pxR},}different padding on left and right, etc.
  • For each direction the following forms can be used:
  • Automatican automatic amount of padding
    ss coordinate units
    Scaled[s]a fraction s of the plot
    Noneno padding
  • If PlotRange includes all points in a plot, then PlotRangePadding->Scaled[s] yields a plot that covers a fraction 1-2s of the whole plotting area.
  • PlotRangePadding->Automatic adds a total of 4% for PlotRange settings All, Full, and Automatic. For explicit settings, it adds no padding.
  • Any padding specified by ImagePadding is added outside padding specified by PlotRangePadding.


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Basic Examples  (3)

By default, 2% of padding is added to the plot range in each direction:

No padding added:

Include 1 coordinate unit of padding on all sides:

Scope  (2)

Pad on all sides by the size of the image:

Specify different padding on each side:

Applications  (1)

Add padding to make the range of data more obvious:

Properties & Relations  (1)

No padding is added if the plot range is explicit:

Wolfram Research (2007), PlotRangePadding, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Research (2007), PlotRangePadding, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Language. 2007. "PlotRangePadding." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research.


Wolfram Language. (2007). PlotRangePadding. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


@misc{reference.wolfram_2024_plotrangepadding, author="Wolfram Research", title="{PlotRangePadding}", year="2007", howpublished="\url{}", note=[Accessed: 20-May-2024 ]}


@online{reference.wolfram_2024_plotrangepadding, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={PlotRangePadding}, year={2007}, url={}, note=[Accessed: 20-May-2024 ]}