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I'm trying to draw a graph with the associated table of data using pgfplots. It works great, but the graph itself isn't aligned with the table. This is what it looks like:

I don't like the overhang. How can I move the position of the graph?

I would like to either line up one side or another. This is what it would look like if I could line them up to the right:

I could deal with only being able to do that, but it would also be useful to have a more general way to move the graph.

I've looked around in the pgfplots manual, as well as the pgf manual, but I couldn't find anything that looked promising. I'm fairly new to LaTeX, only been using it for a few days, so feel free to just point me in the right direction.


Results:\    \begin{tabular}{| c | c | c |}
    \textbf{QP} & \textbf{Average PSNR\_Y ($dB$)} & \textbf{Total bits} \        \hline
    1 & 49.197166 & 14593504\        \hline
    8 & 32.003399 & 1106824\        \hline
    16 & 28.387211 & 374880\        \hline
    24 & 26.661640 & 206704\        \hline
    31 & 25.740038 & 150056\        \hline


        ylabel={$Encoding Quality$}
    % use TeX as calculator:
%   \addplot {x^2 - x +4};
    \addplot coordinates {
    \addlegendentry{ PSNR\_Y }
    \addplot coordinates {

    \addlegendentry{Total Bits $\times250,000$}

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I think the trim right and trim left options are only useful if there is something which sticks out of the axis' box -- for example, if you want to exclude a legend from the horizontal alignment.

In your case, it appears to me that it suffices to surround the table and the graphics with


If you have multiple elements which you want to align, you can also pack all of them into a tabular (which supports left-aligned or right-aligned columns in a natural way).

Once you start with horizontal and vertical alignment, you should consider using the \begin{tikzpicture}[baseline] option and the \begin{tabular}[c] flag as well -- both are part of the associated control mechanisms (which are explained in more detail in the pgfplots manual, there is a section "Alignment" somewhere which should also cover these specific cases).

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How do you insert the graph and the table?If you wrote


try with

\noindent \begin{tikzpicture}...\end{tikzpicture}
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This worked for my my first graph - For this particular table and graph it looks good, but I've got another one that it doesn't work so well for. – Wayne Werner Apr 27 '11 at 14:25
If the code is similar it should work the same way. If not, please show the differences – Spike Apr 27 '11 at 17:40
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You can use absolute positioning with

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
        ylabel={$Encoding Quality$},
        at=(current page.west),

The exam sheet example here shows a little more. Page 198 of the pgf manual has some more information about remember picture, overlay. Using these commands along with \vspace*{} will give you as much control as you want. You can use px or any other standard units in the shift coordinates.

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You could use the trim left and trim right options.

Eg. you should write:

\begin{tikzpicture}[trim left=0cm]
 ...plot code...

See also the pgf manual, page 167 for a description on how to use it correctly. Basically what it does is ignore everything that is left of the given trim left x-coordinate and right of the trim right coordinate.

So in the above example, everything to the left of x=0 is ignored for the bounding box.

Play around with it till you get the results you want.

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When I add trim and try to compile I get an emergency stop. I tried copy/pasting the example from the pgf manual, and got an error too. – Wayne Werner Apr 27 '11 at 14:41
what's the error? – romeovs Apr 27 '11 at 14:48
That's all the info it gives me - Emergency stop, and exit with errorcode 1 – Wayne Werner Apr 27 '11 at 18:04
don't know what that means sorry, try the answer below or submit a MWE so I can help you furthur. – romeovs Apr 27 '11 at 19:03

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