Choose data display elements

The following images show the elements that you can display on a bar chart. To select elements when you create the graph, click Data View. To change the elements on an existing graph, click the graph and choose Editor > Add > Data Display.

Bars (default)
Bars, symbols, and connect line
Symbols and project lines
Note

For more information on editing these graph features, go to the following topics.

Make groups look different

When you create a bar chart with groups, you can represent the groups for specified variables with different colors. When you create the graph, click Data View and enter the variables in Categorical variables for attribute assignment.

Default
Different colors for Gender
Note

For information on how to change the attribute assignment variables for existing data display elements, go to Display groups on graphs.

Apply existing groups when you add new elements

To add a new data display element to a graph, click the graph and choose Editor > Add > Data Display. To apply the existing legend groups when you add a new element, select Apply attribute assignment variables of current displays to added displays. For information on adding or changing the grouping variables for an existing graph, go to Display groups on graphs.

For example, the bars in the following bar chart are different colors for the different levels of the Gender variable.

If you add symbols, but do not select Apply attribute assignment variables of current displays to added displays, all of the symbols are the default blue color and round shape. If you select this option, then the colors of the symbols match the colors of the bars and the shapes of the symbols are different for each level of Gender.

Not selected
Selected
Note

For information on how to change the attribute assignment variables for existing data display elements, go to Display groups on graphs.

Arrange bars by height

By default, when you graph counts of unique values or a function of a variable, Minitab arranges the bars in increasing order by category name (for example: Group 1, Group 2, Group 3). For text values, you can specify a different order by changing the column properties in the worksheet. For more information, go to Change the display order of text values in Minitab output. When you graph values from a table, Minitab uses the order of the rows in the worksheet.

You can also order the bars based on their height. When you create a bar chart, click Chart Options. For an existing bar chart, click the graph and choose Editor > Graph Options. Under Order Main X Groups By, select one of the following options.

Default
Increasing Y
Decreasing Y

Use a percent scale or a cumulative scale on y

You can change the y-scale on a bar chart to a percentage scale, a cumulative scale, or both. When you create a bar chart, click Chart Options. For an existing bar chart, click the graph and choose Editor > Graph Options. Under Percent and Accumulate, select one or both of the following options.

Default y-scale
Show Y as Percent selected
Accumulate Y across X selected

Choose the level for accumulation and percent calculations

Under Take Percent and/or Accumulate, you can specify whether to calculate percents and accumulate values across the entire chart, or within the categories of the specified variable.

For example, the scales on the following bar charts are cumulative percent scales. The level-1 variable (also called the outermost variable) is Plant. For more information, go to Innermost and outermost scales on a graph. The level-2 variable is Operator.

Across all categories
When you choose Across all categories, the bars accumulate to 100% across the entire chart.
Within categories at level 1 (outermost)
When you choose Within categories at level 1 (outermost), the bars accumulate to 100% within each level of Plant.
Within categories at level 2
When you choose Within categories at level 2 the bars accumulate to 100% within each level of Operator.

Stack innermost groups

You can stack the bars of a bar chart so that the levels of the innermost variable are represented by colored bar segments. Click the graph and choose Editor > Graph Options. Select Stack innermost groups and then specify whether to show the first group at the top of the stack or at the bottom of the stack.

Not stacked
First group at Top of stack
First group at Bottom of stack
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