I have a series of 20 plots (not subplots) to be made in a single figure. I want the legend to be outside of the box. At the same time, I do not want to change the axes, as the size of the figure gets reduced. Kindly help me for the following queries:

- I want to keep the legend box outside the plot area. (I want the legend to be outside at the right side of the plot area).
- Is there anyway that I reduce the font size of the text inside the legend box, so that the size of the legend box will be small.

You can make the legend text smaller by creating font properties:

```
from matplotlib.font_manager import FontProperties
fontP = FontProperties()
fontP.set_size('small')
legend([plot1], "title", prop=fontP)
# or add prop=fontP to whatever legend() call you already have
```

There are a number of ways to do what you want. To add to what @inalis and @Navi already said, you can use the `bbox_to_anchor`

keyword argument to place the legend partially outside the axes and/or decrease the font size.

Before you consider decreasing the font size (which can make things awfully hard to read), try playing around with placing the legend in different places:

So, let's start with a generic example:

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
x = np.arange(10)
fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.subplot(111)
for i in xrange(5):
ax.plot(x, i * x, label='$y = %ix$' % i)
ax.legend()
plt.show()
```

If we do the same thing, but use the `bbox_to_anchor`

keyword argument we can shift the legend slightly outside the axes boundaries:

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
x = np.arange(10)
fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.subplot(111)
for i in xrange(5):
ax.plot(x, i * x, label='$y = %ix$' % i)
ax.legend(bbox_to_anchor=(1.1, 1.05))
plt.show()
```

Similarly, you can make the legend more horizontal and/or put it at the top of the figure (I'm also turning on rounded corners and a simple drop shadow):

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
x = np.arange(10)
fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.subplot(111)
for i in xrange(5):
line, = ax.plot(x, i * x, label='$y = %ix$'%i)
ax.legend(loc='upper center', bbox_to_anchor=(0.5, 1.05),
ncol=3, fancybox=True, shadow=True)
plt.show()
```

Alternatively, you can shrink the current plot's width, and put the legend entirely outside the axis of the figure:

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
x = np.arange(10)
fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.subplot(111)
for i in xrange(5):
ax.plot(x, i * x, label='$y = %ix$'%i)
# Shrink current axis by 20%
box = ax.get_position()
ax.set_position([box.x0, box.y0, box.width * 0.8, box.height])
# Put a legend to the right of the current axis
ax.legend(loc='center left', bbox_to_anchor=(1, 0.5))
plt.show()
```

And in a similar manner, you can shrink the plot vertically, and put the a horizontal legend at the bottom:

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
x = np.arange(10)
fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.subplot(111)
for i in xrange(5):
line, = ax.plot(x, i * x, label='$y = %ix$'%i)
# Shrink current axis's height by 10% on the bottom
box = ax.get_position()
ax.set_position([box.x0, box.y0 + box.height * 0.1,
box.width, box.height * 0.9])
# Put a legend below current axis
ax.legend(loc='upper center', bbox_to_anchor=(0.5, -0.05),
fancybox=True, shadow=True, ncol=5)
plt.show()
```

Have a look at the matplotlib legend guide. You might also take a look at `plt.figlegend()`

. Hope that helps a bit, anyway!

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