About graph updating

When your data change, you can update open graphs, including control charts, so that the graphs display the changed data. You can update graphs yourself, or you can have Minitab automatically update graphs.

You cannot update some graphs. For example, the following graphs cannot be updated:
  • Stem-and-leaf plots
  • Built-in graphs, such as a histogram created with a 1-sample t test
  • Graphs that were saved as MGF files or were created by a macro
  • Graphs that are a part of a multiple graph layout created with Editor > Layout Tool
  • Multiple graphs that were created by a single command, if you delete one of those graphs

To update these graphs, you must rerun the analysis.

Update a graph

To update a graph, do one of the following:

  • Click the graph and choose Editor > Update > Update Graph Now.
  • Right-click the graph update status icon on the upper left side of the graph's title bar and choose Update Graph.
  • Right-click the graph and choose Update Graph Now.

Update all open graphs

To update all open graphs, click one of the graphs and choose Editor > Update > Update All Graphs Now.

Set a graph to be updated automatically

To have Minitab update a graph automatically whenever the data change, do one of the following:

  • Click the graph and choose Editor > Update > Update Graph Automatically.
  • Right-click the graph update status icon on the upper left side of the graph's title bar and choose Automatic Updates.
  • Right-click the graph and choose Update Graph Automatically.

Set all new graphs to be updated automatically

  1. Choose Tools > Options > Graphics > Other Graphics Options.
  2. Select On creation, set graph to update automatically when data change.
  3. Click OK.

Graph update status icons

Each graph has an icon on the Graph window title bar that indicates its update status.
Icon Graph update status How to update the graph
Current. No action required.
Not current. The data have changed, but the graph has not yet been updated. Update the graph manually or set the graph to update automatically.
On hold. (Only available when graph is set to update automatically.) The data have changed but something prevents the update. For example, you may have unequal column lengths or data values that are not acceptable. When you resolve the condition, the graph is automatically updated.
The graph cannot be updated. For example, the graph is part of a layout or a built-in graph. Rerun the analysis.
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