Use a 3D scatterplot to explore the potential relationships among three variables. When you create a 3D scatterplot, you usually display predictor variables on the x-axis and the y-axis and the response variable on the z-axis. For example, you may want to examine how temperature and humidity affect the drying time of paint, or how horsepower and tire pressure affect a vehicle's fuel efficiency.

You can rotate a 3D scatterplot to view it from different angles. This allows you to more thoroughly explore the relationships among the variables.

Use the 3D Graph Tools toolbar to rotate 3D graphs. By default, this toolbar only appears when a 3D scatterplot, 3D surface plot, or 3D wireframe plot is active.

- Click the 3D scatterplot to activate it.
- If the 3D Graph Tools toolbar is not visible, choose .
- Use the following buttons on the 3D Graph Tools toolbar to rotate the graph. Click a button once to rotate the graph in small increments. Click and hold a button for continuous rotation.
Toolbar item Action Rotate the graph clockwise or counterclockwise about the x-axis. Rotate the graph clockwise or counterclockwise about the y-axis. Rotate the graph clockwise or counterclockwise about the z-axis. Return the graph to its original position and zoom. ###### Note

When you click a button, a preview window pops up to show exactly how the graph will spin.