Graph regions

Graph regions are areas of a Minitab graph. You can resize, relocate, and reformat a graph region. The following graphs shows the graph regions.
Graph with a data region
Graph without a data region
A: Graph region
The graph region encompasses the entire graph window. Usually, the graph region contains a single graph. A graph layout (which you create with the graph layout tool) can include several different graphs, but it still has only one graph region. For more information on graph layouts, go to Display graphs in a layout.
B: Figure region
The figure region is in front of the graph region. By default, the figure region is transparent and covers the entire graph region. You can drag the corners of the figure region and resize it to expose the graph region. You can only have multiple figure regions within a graph region when you use a graph layout.
C: Data region

The data region is the area in which the data are displayed. The data region is in front of the figure region. A graph layout can include several data regions. Pie charts and 3D charts do not have data regions.

Change the size of the graph

To change the graph size, double-click the graph region or figure region. On the Graph Size tab, modify either of the following.
True size

A graph's true size is its dimensions when you print it, append it to the ReportPad™, or copy it into a different application. For better print quality, increase the true size of a graph instead of resizing it by dragging.

Tip

To print a graph at its true size, with the graph active, choose File > Page Setup, and deselect Scale to paper size. Then, choose File > Print Graph.

Zoomed size
A graph's zoomed size is how large the graph appears in the graph window. Changing the zoomed size does not affect the true size of the graph. To resize the graph by dragging a corner or edge of the graph window, select Fit window.
Note

To change the default true size, window size, or zoomed size for all subsequent graphs, choose Tools > Options > Graphics > Graph Size, then specify the new default size.

Change the location and size of the figure region

To change the location and size of the figure region, double-click the graph region or the figure region. On the Figure Location tab, specify the location of the figure region relative to the graph region. The location values range from 0 to 1 in each direction, with the initial value of x at the left edge of the graph region and the initial value of y at the bottom of the graph region.

For example, on the following scatterplot, the figure region, represented by the dotted line, is located at X minimum = 0.2, X maximum = 0.8, Y minimum = 0.2, Y maximum = 0.8.

Change the location and size of the data region

You can drag a corner or an edge of the data region to change its size. You can also drag the data region to a different location on the graph.

You can specify the location and size of the data region in terms of its coordinates within the figure region. Double-click the data region. On the Location tab, specify the location of the data region relative to the figure region. The location values range from 0 to 1 in each direction, with the initial value of x at the left edge of the figure region and the initial value of y at the bottom of the figure region. For example, in the following boxplot, the data region, enclosed in the red square, is located at X minimum = 0.25, X maximum = 0.75, Y minimum = 0.2, Y maximum = 0.8.

Change the attributes of a graph, figure, or data region

To change the attributes of a region, double-click the region. On the Graph Attributes tab (for graph and figure regions), or the Attributes tab (for data regions), change the fill pattern, border lines, and fill lines. For example, the following individual vale plot has a customized graph region and data region. The following 3D surface plot has a customized graph region.
Note

The figure region, which is in front of the graph region and behind the data region, is transparent by default.

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