I'm trying to use Illustrator to recreate a line graph I was given. The problem I'm having is that when I use the graph tool in Illustrator, I can't seem to find any option for increasing the number of divisions on the Y-axis.

This is the original: Line Graph with several Y-labels

And this is what I have so far in Illustrator (I haven't ungrouped it to start the actual design yet): Line graph with too few Y-labels

What I want to do is increase the number of labels on the Y-axis so that they're more similar to the original. I know I can ungroup and manually add the labels, but I'd much rather it be done procedurally to minimize human error.

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    The toon is extremely basic, it haw no way of doing this. Either use a external app or draw the labels manually. Personally i would use mathematica for this. But i can understand that most people can not afford it. Maybe you could use a script?
    – joojaa
    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:28
  • yes it is possible I guess with some tricks and hacks. So please if you don't mind please upload the XLS file. I want ti give it a try.
    – hsawires
    Apr 8, 2016 at 18:02

2 Answers 2


Yes –

  1. Click on the graph
  2. In the menu bar, navigate to Object \ Graph \ Type...
  3. In the window that pops up, select Value Axis in the drop-down menu
  4. In the area named Tick Values, select Override Calculated Values
  5. Manually set the number of Divisions

Note: Adjusting this setting will reset other customizations you may have made visually to your graph. It's a good idea to get the data portion right before moving on to the design.


Alt/Option click on the graph and select Type (or select the graph, then go Object → Graph → Type).

When this window opens, select the drag down menu for graph options and choose Value axis.

You can then change the range of the values and the number of divisions.

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