Toolbars and the status bar

Toolbars provide a quick way to execute a command. The status bar at the bottom of the Minitab window displays information and messages.

Minitab toolbars

Minitab can display the following toolbars:
  • Standard: Access basic Minitab file tools, edit tools, navigation tools, and Help.
  • Project Manager: Access Project Manager folders and information. Click a Project Manager toolbar button to open and tile the corresponding Project Manager folder and any related windows. To return to your previous window setup, click the appropriate Project Manager button again.
  • Worksheet: Assign formulas to columns; insert or clear cells, rows, and columns; move columns; and move to the next or previous brushed row.
  • Graph Editing: Select, add, or delete graph items; choose different editing modes; or zoom in or out on the active graph.
  • Graph Annotation Tools: Add objects such as lines, rectangles, and text to a graph.
  • 3D Graph Tools: Rotate 3D graphs and 3D surface plot lighting, and resize the data region. By default, this toolbar appears only when a 3D scatterplot, 3D surface plot, or 3D wireframe plot is active.
  • Assistant: The Assistant helps you to choose the right analysis from a limited set of analyses, perform the analysis, and interpret the results.
  • Regression: Analyze and graph regression models.
  • Binary Logistic Regression: Analyze and graph binary logistic regression models.
  • Poisson Regression: Analyze and graph Poisson regression models.
  • General Linear Model: Analyze and graph a general linear model.
  • Screening Designs: Create, analyze, and graph screening designs.
  • Factorial Designs: Create, analyze, and graph factorial designs.
  • Response Surface Designs: Create, analyze, and graph response surface designs.
  • Mixture Designs: Create, analyze, and graph mixture designs.
  • Taguchi Designs: Create, analyze, and graph Taguchi designs.
  • Response Optimizer: Modify and view the input variable settings in an optimization plot.
  • Six Sigma: Access six sigma tools.

Click a toolbar button to perform an action or to open a dialog box.


Hold the mouse pointer over the tool to get a tooltip with information about the tool.

Show, hide, and move toolbars

When you first start Minitab, the following toolbars are visible at the top of the screen: the Standard toolbar, the Project Manager toolbar, the Worksheet toolbar, the Graph Editing toolbar, and the Graph Annotation Tools toolbar. You can hide these toolbars and select other toolbars to show.

To show or hide a toolbar, choose Tools > Toolbars, then select or deselect the toolbar.

Minitab toolbars are detachable. You can drag them anywhere within the Minitab environment. Detached toolbars always remain on top of windows.


You also can show, hide, create, or delete toolbars. Choose Tools > Customize and click the Toolbars tab. For more information, go to Customize menus, toolbars and shortcut keys.

Show or hide the status bar

To show or hide the status bar, choose Tools and select or deselect Status Bar.

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