Get Default ggplot2 Plot Margins in R (Example)

 

This article illustrates how to find the default ggplot2 plot margins in the R programming language.

Table of contents:

It’s time to dive into the example.

 

Example: Get Default ggplot2 Plot Margins Using theme_get() Function

The following R syntax illustrates how to return the default area margins of a graphic created by the ggplot2 package.

To be able to use the functions of the ggplot2 package, we first have to install and load ggplot2.

install.packages("ggplot2")    # Install & load ggplot2 package
library("ggplot2")

Next, we can use the theme_get function to return the default margins of a ggplot2 graph:

theme_get()$plot.margin        # Print default plot margins
# [1] 5.5points 5.5points 5.5points 5.5points

As you can see based on the previous output of the RStudio console, the default area margins of a ggplot2 plot are 5.5points on all sides of the plot, i.e. the bottom, the left side, the top, and on the right side.

 

Video & Further Resources

Some time ago, I have published a video on my YouTube channel, which illustrates the R syntax of this post. You can find the video below.

 

The YouTube video will be added soon.

 

Furthermore, you may read some of the other articles on my website.

 

In summary: This article has explained how to get the default area margins of a ggplot2 graphic in R. If you have further questions, tell me about it in the comments section below.

 

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