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# Placing the legend outside the plot in Matplotlib

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To place the legend outside the plot in Matplotlib, use the `bbox_to_anchor` argument of the legend method:

``` plt.plot([1,2], label="my_line")plt.legend(bbox_to_anchor=(1.05, 1))plt.show() ```

This would output the following:

The `bbox_to_anchor` argument is used to specify the precise placement of the legend. It takes two parameters: the `x` position and the `y` position. The actual graph itself is 1 unit by 1 unit, and the origin (0,0) is set to the bottom-left corner while the right-top corner is given the position of (1,1). Therefore, a `bbox_to_anchor` of `(1.05, 1)` places our legend outside the graph by 0.05 units to the right of the graph.

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