7.4 Select Data for Plotting Dialog Box

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Select Data for Plotting Dialog

The Plot Designation Buttons Group

The Plot Designation Buttons is used to assign the selected workbook data to provide column plot designations.

X

The X values for a single data plot or for multiple data plots.

Y

The Y values for a single data plot or for multiple data plots.

Z

The Z values for a single data plot.

Err

The Y error bar values for a single data plot. The error bars are associated with the first selected Y dataset to the left of the error bar data.

Label

The data label values for a single data plot. The data labels are associated with the first selected Y dataset to the left of the label data.

Title Row

The legend text for the data plot(s). If the Scan Data for Legend check box on the Excel tab of the Options dialog box is selected (Window:Origin Options when a workbook is active or Tools:Options when any other child window is active), Origin automatically assigns a row number for this designation.

The Data Plot Association View Box

This view box displays the data range selections for the X, Y, etc. values. Except for the Title field, the range is displayed using the following syntax:

StartColNameRowNum:EndColNameRowNum.

The Title field displays the selected row number only.

The Plot Into Drop-down List

If you assign multiple Y ranges from the workbook, Origin creates multiple data plots using either the selected X data or the associated row numbers. The options listed below is to control the display of the data plots:

Single Layer

Plot all data sets into a single layer graph.

Multiple Layers

Plot each data plot into its own layer in the same graph window.

Multiple Pages

Plot each data plot into its own single layer graph window.

The Close Dialog After Plot Check Box

Select this check box to close the dialog box after clicking Plot.

If this check box is cleared, the dialog box remains open and available when a workbook or a graph window is active. Edit the dialog box to add additional data plots to the graph, or to create new graphs from the workbook data. Resize the dialog box to minimize the amount of screen space it occupies.

The Plotting Control Button Group

Plot

Click this button to create one or more data plots based on the selection in the data plot association view box. The data plots using the graph type that was selected when the dialog box first opened.

Change Book

If you change workbooks after this dialog box is open, the Plot button is replaced by the Change Book button. Click this button to enable selection of data sets in the currently active workbook. After clicking this button, the button is replaced by the Plot button.

Add Plot

When the graph window is active, the Plot button is replaced by the Add Plot button. Click this button to add the current data selection in the Select Data for Plotting dialog box to the graph.

Use Defaults

This button is only available when data is highlighted in the workbook before you select Plot:Graph Type or click the Graph Type button on one of the graph toolbars. Additionally, if the previous condition is met, this button is only active when you first open the dialog box.

Click this button to plot the highlighted workbook data using Origin's default plot assignments for the selected graph type instead of establishing plot associations in the dialog box.

After clicking the button, an Attention dialog box prompts to select the Default Plot Assignments check box on the Excel tab of the Options dialog box (Window:Origin Options when a workbook is active or Tools:Options when any other child window is active).

  • Click Yes to create the data plots from the highlighted workbook data and change the check box status.
  • Click No to create the data plots but leave the check box status unchanged.
Save Settings

Click this button to save the selection from the Plot Into drop-down list for future instances of this dialog box in the current Origin session.

Clear

Click this button to clear the current selection in the data plot association view box.

Close

Click this button to close the dialog box without creating a data plot.