Minitab has several tools for changing default options or creating custom toolbars and keyboard shortcuts.
You finished your first analysis and generated a report. You now decide to useand to customize the Minitab interface to make future analyses quicker and easier.
You can change many options during a Minitab session, such as changing graph display options or enabling the session command prompt. However, when you close Minitab, these options revert to the default settings.
If you want an option to be a default option for all Minitab sessions, use. Options that you change remain active until you change them again.
You can restore Minitab’s default options at any time. For more information, see the section "Restore Minitab's default options" below.
Because you will create the same graphs with similar data in the future, you need a way to distinguish the results of each analysis. You decide to add an automatic footnote to your graphs to include the worksheet name and the modification date.
With these options, each time you create a graph, Minitab adds the footnote.
To see an example of the automatic footnote, create a histogram.
Useto create new menus and toolbars that contain the commands that you use frequently.
During some analyses, you return to the same menu items many times. You can simplify future analyses if you add these items to a custom toolbar.
Create a custom toolbar that includes some of the commands that you used in the shipping data analysis.
Minitab creates the blank toolbar, and the new toolbar is displayed in the toolbar list.
In the shipping data analysis, you usedand . Add these commands to the blank toolbar.
You can also create a custom menu. For more information, go to Customize menus, toolbars and shortcut keys.
Minitab contains many shortcut keys for frequently used functions. You can also assign shortcut keys for the commands that you use often. To assign shortcut keys, use.
Because you often create histograms for your shipping data analysis, you want to assign a shortcut key for this command.
You can now access the Histogram gallery by pressing Ctrl+Shift+H.
For a list of Minitab’s default shortcut keys, go to Shortcut keys.
Any options that you change, as well as any changes that you make to date/time settings or value order settings, are stored in a profile. You can enable and disable this profile using. You also can export and share this profile with other users.
All options that you adjusted while you worked through Getting Started with Minitab 18 are already stored in your active profile. Disable the current profile to restore Minitab’s default options and change the name of the profile to use for future shipping center analyses.
The default options are now restored. Minitab creates a new active profile to store any additional changes that you make.
To enable the options that you adjusted during your Getting Started with Minitab 18 sessions, move the current active profile to Available profiles, move ShippingCenterAnalysis to Active profiles, and then click OK.
You can also reset Minitab’s default options by double-clicking the shortcut named Restore Minitab Defaults English located in the English folder under the main Minitab 18 folder that is installed on your hard drive. Export any profiles that you want to keep before you run this program.
Save all your work in a Minitab project.