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what is the default distance between the axis numbers and axis labels in the plots made with pgfplots?enter image description here

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The default distance between the tick labels and the axis labels when using compat=1.3 or later (and thus xlabel near ticks) is 2*inner sep + 2*outer sep = 2*0.3333em + 2*0.5\pgflinewidth.

If you're not using compat=1.3 (or explicitly supply xlabel absolute), the distance between the top of the x label and the x axis is 15pt, and the distance between the horizontal centre of the y label and the y axis is 35pt.

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+1: how did you find this out? studying the source? –  cmhughes Jun 4 '12 at 16:56
    
ok ! thanks how i can set up this distance: "2*inner sep + 2*outer sep = 2*0.3333em + 2*0.5\pgflinewidth" i use compat=newest –  FormlessCloud Jun 4 '12 at 17:16
    
@FormlessCloud: The distance is set up automatically when you use compat=newest. –  Jake Jun 4 '12 at 17:17
    
even if I manually changed the distance from the grid of the tick labels with this command: yticklabel shift = 2pt xticklabel shift = 2pt ? –  FormlessCloud Jun 4 '12 at 17:21
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@FormlessCloud: Yes, if you use compat=newest and you have a version of PGFplots >= 1.3 then the distance between the tick labels and the axis labels will be kept automatically. –  Jake Jun 4 '12 at 17:27
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