What is a profile?

A profile is a set of options and customization settings in Minitab. Each profile stores all the changes you made in Tools > Options and Tools > Customize, in addition to any custom date/time formats, custom text lists for Autofill, and custom value order settings for text data.

You can save and manage multiple profiles for use at different times. For example, if you need to create graphs that are smaller than the default size for a report that you create on a regular basis, you can create a custom profile and use it only when creating graphs for that report. Then, you can reactivate the default profile to display graphs at their normal size.

You can also import and export profiles so that users can share the same group of Minitab settings and customizations on multiple computers. For example, you could create a customized menu or toolbar in Minitab and then export the profile to a shared folder location. After they import the profile, the other users can view and use the same customized menu or toolbar that you created.

Note

Profiles created in previous releases of Minitab are partially compatible. The preferences you set using the Options dialog box are imported. However, any customizations that you made to the menus or toolbars are not imported with the profile.

Create a profile

  1. Set the options that you want to include in the profile. For example, do any of the following:
    • To customize the default behavior for Minitab features and analyses, choose Tools > Options.
    • To customize menus, commands, toolbars, and keyboard shortcuts, choose Tools > Customize.
    • To create a custom value order for text columns, right-click a text column and choose Column > Value Order.
  2. Choose Tools > Manage Profiles.
  3. Beside Available profiles, click the New button and type a name for the profile.
  4. Use the left arrow button to move all profiles under Active profiles to Available profiles.
  5. Select the new profile and use the right arrow button to move to Active profiles.
  6. Click OK.

Manage your profiles

  1. Choose Tools > Manage Profiles.
  2. Do any of the following:
    Option Instructions
    Enable a profile Select the profile and click the right arrow key to move it from Available profiles to Active profiles. Profiles at the top of the list have precedence over profiles lower in the list.
    Disable a profile Select the profile and click the left arrow key to move it from Active profiles to Available profiles.
    Delete a profile Move the profile to Available profiles and click the Delete button .
    Export a profile Select the profile from the Available profiles and click Export to save the profile as a registry file (*.reg).
    Import a profile Click Import and browse to the profile file (*.reg).
    Note

    More than one profile can be active at a time. Profiles at the top of the list have precedence over profiles lower in the list.

  3. Click OK.

Specify the toolbars for a profile

You can specify the toolbars to appear for each profile.

  1. Choose Tools > Manage Profiles.
  2. Make sure that the profile to change appears under Available profiles or Active profiles.
  3. Click the Toolbars tab.
    The available toolbars appear under $$Defaults.
  4. In one of the Toolbars available in, select the profile to change.
  5. Select a toolbar and click the arrow keys to move it to or from the profile. Repeat until the profile has the set of toolbars that you want.
  6. Click OK in each dialog box.

Disable your profiles for the current session

To use the Minitab default settings without losing your current settings, you can temporarily disable your profiles.

  1. Choose Tools > Manage Profiles.
  2. Write down all the profiles listed under Active profiles in the order that they appear.
  3. Click the left arrow button to move all profiles under Active profiles to Available profiles.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Use Minitab with the default settings.
  6. When you are ready to go back to your custom settings, follow these steps to enable your profiles:
    1. Choose Tools > Manage Profiles.
    2. Click the right arrow button to move the profiles you previously wrote down from Available profiles back to Active profiles. Use the up and down arrow buttons to put them in their original order.
    3. Move NewProfile and any other profiles that were not in the original list from Active profiles to Available profiles.
    4. Click OK.

Delete your profiles

This process permanently removes any user-adjusted settings from the registry and restores the default profile settings.

Note

Reinstalling Minitab does not change the current user-adjusted settings.

  1. Close Minitab.
  2. Browse to and double-click the file RMD.exe. By default, this file is in C:\Program Files(x86)\Minitab\Minitab17.
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