Preparing charts for output
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The graph option buttons on the Chart Toolbar are described in order from left to right below.
Normal - (Arrow) Use this button to zoom in onto an area of your graph. Move the pointer to a point above and to the left of the area you want to enlarge, hold the left-hand mouse button down and drag down to the right and release the button. To reverse the enlargement, click on the left hand mouse button and move up and to the left.
Rotate - (Two arrows in a circle) Use this button to rotate the graph. Click the button then move onto the graph and hold down the left-hand mouse button and move the mouse.
Move - (Two arrows at right angles) Use this button to move the graph. Click the button then move onto the graph and hold down the left-hand mouse button and move the mouse.
Zoom - (Magnifying glass) Use this button to zoom in onto the graph. Click the button then move onto the graph and hold down the left-hand mouse button and move the mouse. This feature is very sensitive to mouse movements and some practice may be required. See Zooming and panning on graphs.
Depth - (3D box) Use this button to change the depth shown on the graph. Click the button then move onto the graph and hold down the left-hand mouse button and move the mouse.
3D - Use this to toggle the 3D view on and off.
Edit - (Set square and pencil) This button will offer a wide range of options to change the style of your graph. It is also used to export or copy your graph to file, and even to email it using the 'Send' button. For more information on chart editing use the Tee Chart help system available from the Help button on the chart edit box.
Print - Use this button to print the graph
Copy - Use this option to copy the graph to the clipboard.
Save - Save the file in a variety of different formats.
Increase font - This will increase the font size of the chart titles.
Decrease font - This will decrease the font size of the chart titles.
Increase line thickness - This increases the thickness of plotted lines such as Eigenvectors.
Decrease line thickness - This decreases the thickness of plotted lines.
Increase symbol - Increase the size of a plotted point.
Decrease symbol - Decrease the size of a plotted point.
Change between colour/grey scale - Change between a colour and greyscale plot.
Change symbol set - Change the plotting symbols.
Add grid - Add graph grid lines to the plot.
Add legend - Add legend to the plot. N.B. This legend can be used to select groups for plotting.
Add stalks - Add stalks to points - useful for 3D plots.
Select theme - Use to select a particular style of graph, for example black background.
Moving Chart Labels
Click the Edit button to change a wide range of aspects of the graph, add titles, and use various tools to customise the chart. One of the most useful tools allows you to drag the chart labels - very useful if you have a cluster of points with overlapping labels. Click the Edit button, then the Tools tab of the Edit dialog, the Add... button, and choose 'Drag Marks'. When the chart is displayed, you will find that the cursor displays as a hand symbol on hovering over a data label, allowing you to drag the label to the desired position.
NOTE: any alteration of other aspects of the graph will cause the labels to return to their original position. Therefore, moving the labels should be the last alteration you make before printing or exporting the graph.
You may find it useful to draw lines on a chart, to separate groups or clusters of points.
Annotations can be very useful if, for instance, there are a large number of points on your chart and you wish only to label a few of them. To add annotations:
· Enter the text you want on your annotation into the text box on the Options tab, and then use Position: Custom to manoeuvre the label into the desired position. Use the options on the other tabs to change font, shading, outline and other details.
· To add another annotation, click Add, and select Annotation again.
Altering chart titles
Enter the new title text into the box and click 'Close' to save.
Note that there are very many options on the Edit screen and it is worth a few minutes' experimentation to see what sort of effects are available to enhance your charts for publication or display.