# How to Change Number of Axis Ticks in ggplot2 (With Examples)

You can use the following basic syntax to change the number of axis ticks on plots in ggplot2:

```p +
scale_x_continuous(n.breaks=10) +
scale_y_continuous(n.breaks=10)
```

The following example shows how to use this syntax in practice.

## Example: Change Number of Axis Ticks in ggplot2

Suppose we have the following data frame in R:

```#create data frame
df <- data.frame(x=c(1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 19),
y=c(2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 19, 22, 28, 36))

#view data frame
df

x  y
1  1  2
2  2  5
3  4  7
4  5  8
5  6 14
6  8 19
7 12 22
8 14 28
9 19 36```

If we create a scatter plot, ggplot2 will automatically pick a suitable number of ticks for both the x-axis and y-axis:

```library(ggplot2)

#create scatter plot
ggplot(df, aes(x=x, y=y)) +
geom_point(size=2)``` However, we can use the n.breaks argument to specify the exact number of ticks to use on both axes:

```library(ggplot2)

#create scatter plot with custom number of ticks
ggplot(df, aes(x=x, y=y)) +
geom_point(size=2) +
scale_x_continuous(n.breaks=10) +
scale_y_continuous(n.breaks=10)``` Notice that the number of ticks on both axes has increased.

Also note that you can change the number of ticks on just one axis if you’d like:

```library(ggplot2)

#create scatter plot with custom number of ticks on x-axis only
ggplot(df, aes(x=x, y=y)) +
geom_point(size=2) +
scale_x_continuous(n.breaks=20)``` In this example, ggplot2 chooses the number of ticks to use on the y-axis but the number of ticks on the x-axis is determined by the number in the n.breaks argument.