Connect line for scatterplot and matrix plot

A connect line joins data points on a graph so that you can view trends or compare groups. For example, the following plot shows monthly sales increasing over time.

To add a connect line when you create a graph, click Data View. To add connect lines to an existing graph, click the graph and choose Editor > Add > Data Display. To edit connect lines, select and double-click the connect lines that you want to edit. For more information on selecting connect lines, go to Select groups and single items on a graph.

Change the appearance
On the Attributes tab, you can edit the type, color, and size of the selected connect lines.
Tip

To change the default settings and attributes for graph elements, choose Tools > Options > Graphics.

Change the connection function
By default, Minitab uses a straight line to connect the symbols, but you can change to a stepped function. On the Options tab, select one of the following.
Straight
Step: Center
Step: Left
Step: Right
Change the connection order
On the Options tab, select one of the following.
Increasing X (default)
Increasing Y
Worksheet
The worksheet order is the order that the data are entered in the worksheet.
Use jitter to reveal overlapping data
If you have identical data values on your graph, these data points can overlap and appear hidden behind each other. Jitter randomly nudges each point to help reduce overlap. Because jitter is random, the position of each point is slightly different each time you recreate the same graph. To add jitter to the graph, on the Jitter tab, select Add jitter to direction. To adjust the amount of jitter, enter different values.

Connect line for empirical CDF plot

A stepped connect line joins data points on an empirical CDF plot so that you can view trends or compare groups.

When you create an empirical CDF plot, to remove the connect line, click Distribution and then click the Data Display tab. To add a connect line to an existing plot that doesn't have one, click the graph and choose Editor > Add > Data Display. To edit connect lines, select and double-click the connect lines that you want to edit. For more information on selecting connect lines, go to Select groups and single items on a graph.

Change the appearance
On the Attributes tab, you can edit the type, color, and size of the selected connect lines.
Tip

To change the default settings and attributes for graph elements, choose Tools > Options > Graphics.

Change the connection function
By default, Minitab uses a straight line to connect the symbols, but you can change to a stepped function. On the Options tab, select one of the following.
Straight
Step

Connect line for other graphs

A connect line joins symbols that represent statistics on a graph so that you can view trends or compare groups. For example, on the following individual value plot, the mean connect line shows that the average sales for one store is slightly higher than for another store.

To add connect lines when you create a graph, click Data View. To add connect lines to an existing graph, click the graph and choose Editor > Add > Data Display. To edit connect lines, select and double-click the connect lines that you want to edit. For more information on selecting connect lines, go to Select groups and single items on a graph.

Change the appearance
On the Attributes tab, you can edit the fill type, fill color, line type, and line color of the selected areas.
Tip

To change the default settings and attributes for graph elements, choose Tools > Options > Graphics.

Change the connection function
By default, Minitab uses a straight line to connect the symbols, but you can change to a stepped function. On the Options tab, select one of the following.
Straight
Step: Center
Step: Left
Step: Right
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