The (Text Object Properties) Text tab

The Text tab controls are shared by both graph legends and common text objects. For simple editing of common text objects, most will find that they do not need to open this dialog box, instead relying on WYSIWYG text editing methods to do editing. For modifications to more complex text objects, including graph legends, this dialog is important.

To open the Object Properties dialog box:

1. Right-click on the text object and select Properties from the shortcut menu.


2. Press CTRL while double-clicking on the object.

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Font List

Select the desired font from this drop-down list. The default font selection is determined by the Font drop-down list (in the Text Tool group) on the Text Fonts tab of the Options dialog box.

Select Default:FontName to use the font determined by the Default drop-down list on the Text Fonts tab of the Options dialog box.

Font Size

Type or select the desired font size (in points) from this combination box. The default point size is determined by the Size combination box value in the Text Tool group on the Text Fonts tab of the Options dialog box (Preferences: Options).

Note:You can also quickly increase or decrease the font size of any selected text labels (CTRL select multiple labels) by clicking the Increase Font Button Increase Font.pngor Decrease Font Button Decrease Font.pngbuttons on the Format toolbar (View:Toolbars).

Font Color

Select the desired color from this drop-down list.

Rotate (deg)

To rotate the label, type or select the desired value from this combination box.

Positive values rotate the label counterclockwise. Negative values rotate it clockwise.

Line Spacing(%)

Adjust the space between the lines in the text object. You can select the value in the drop-down list or enter the value you want in the combo box directly. The value you selected or entered are the percent of current font height. Negative values are supported.

When this option is set to <Auto>, the line spacing of current text object will follow the global setting in the Text Fonts page of the Options dialog.

Center Multi-Line

Select this check box to center the label text. This option is only useful for multi-line labels.

Align Columns

Select this check box to align the columns for labels. This option is only useful for multi-column labels.

White Out

To draw a separate white background for each line of text in the label, select the White Out check box.

System Font

Select the Use System Font check box to ignore the settings from the Font drop-down list and the Size combination box. Instead, use the system font. The system font provides faster redraw speed and enhanced screen legibility. However, when this check box is selected, text formatting (for example, italic, bold, and symbol) will not display.


Use the Tab control to align multi-line text labels. This can be used, for instance, to align text in a results label.


Select this check box to override escape sequences that are included in text. This is particularly useful when the label contains linked script variables such as project path (%X), which includes backslash '\' characters.

The format buttons and the text box

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Type the desired text in the text box in the middle of the dialog box. Press ENTER to start a new line. Press CTRL+TAB to insert a tab.

To format the text, use the text formatting buttons (Normal, Bold, Italic, Underline, Superscript, Subscript, and Greek Symbols) above the text box. Click-and-drag to highlight the desired text. Click on the desired formatting button to apply the format to the highlighted text. The formatting option displays in the text box as an embedded text formatting command. However, the lower view box provides a WYSIWYG display of the text.

If you click one of the formatting buttons without highlighting text first, Origin inserts the appropriate formatting commands at the current cursor location. Begin typing to add the text with the selected formatting.

Note: The Normal button The Object Properties Dialog Box Text Objects.png removes the formatting of the highlighted text.

You can directly enter a Unicode 4-character hex value into this text box, then press ALT + X to insert the character into the text object string. See FAQ-148 How do I insert Greek symbols, overdots and other special characters in a text label? for more information.

Flyout (Annotation) button

This button just on the right side of Annotation object dialog. You can specify the quantities or dataset used to create the annotation.

It lists some frequently used notations and example syntax. Specify the desired label content and format in a more flexible way. Format string/Labtalk scripts can be entered, and multiple notations and arbitrary fixed strings can be combined as desired.

Add Legend Symbol button

Click on the Add Legend Symbol Add Legend Symbol.png button to add a custom scatter and/or line symbol to a graph legend, independent of plots in the graph (can also be used to add a plot symbol to a common text object, if so desired). Use the Add Legend Symbol dialog in conjunction with the Text tab's format buttons and text box, plus the Annotation, Symbol Map and Insert Variables buttons, to add a custom entry to your graph legend.

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  • Check the Symbol and/or Line check boxes to add this component to the legend symbol.
  • Click the small arrow to the right side of Shape to open the Symbol Gallery and choose a symbol.
  • Choose colors from the Color Chooser.
  • Set Size and Line Thickness to <auto> to follow the size of other symbols and lines in the legend object or to a fixed size (in pts).
  • You can opt to show arrows at the begin and end of an added line. This is intended primarily for vector plots.

Note: If you check both the Symbol and Line boxes, the legend symbol will follow the Symbol+Line Style on the Symbol tab.

Symbol Map button

Click on the Symbol Map Symbol Map button.png button to open the Symbol Map dialog for inserting characters in text labels supports Unicode characters.

Insert Variables button

Click on the Insert Variables Insert Variables button.png button to open the Insert Variables dialog for inserting workbook or matrix book data or metadata into text objects.

Apply to

You can apply the text object to Object, Plot, Grouped Plots, Layer and Window.

Set As Default

You can save the properties of the Text or Anotation object as the default. Then when you add the new object, they will apply with the same properties.