Titles, subtitles, and footnotes

The default title for a graph identifies the type of the graph and the variables that are presented in the graph. Some graphs also have default subtitles or footnotes.

About graph titles, subtitles, and footnotes

Titles, subtitles, and footnotes identify and document your graph. By default, titles and subtitles appear centered above the graph; footnotes appear at the lower left.

Every graph is given a title based on the type of graph and the variables you select. For example, if you draw a scatterplot of the Sales and Adv variables in your worksheet, Minitab names the graph Scatterplot of Sales vs Adv.

Default title
Custom title and subtitle
Note

The graph title should not be confused with the graph name. The graph name is displayed in the output pane and in the Navigator. Changing a graph title does not change the graph name and vice versa.

Add titles, subtitles, or footnotes when you create a graph

You can specify the title text or add subtitles or footnotes when you create a graph.

  1. In the dialog box for the graph you are creating, click Labels.
  2. On the Titles/Footnotes tab, enter the text for the title, subtitles, or footnotes and click OK.

Add titles, subtitles, or footnotes to an existing graph

You can add titles, subtitles, or footnotes to an existing graph.

  1. Double-click the graph.
  2. Right-click the graph and choose Add, then choose one of the following: Title, Subtitle, or Footnote.
  3. Enter the text to add and click OK.

Edit a title, subtitle, or footnote

To edit a title, subtitle, or a footnote, double-click it. Graphs can have multiple titles, subtitles, and footnotes.

Tip

To create a custom footnote that includes project name, worksheet name, date, time, or custom text (such as your company's name) automatically on all the graphs you create, choose File > Options > Graphics > Annotation > My Footnote.

  1. Double-click the graph.
  2. Double-click the title, subtitle, or footnote to edit.
    Tip

    Click and drag to move a title, subtitle, or footnote anywhere on the graph.

  3. Select the tab to make the edits that you want.
    • Font: Change the text and the font, style, size, and color of the text.
    • Alignment: Specify an exact location of the title, subtitle, or footnote by entering the following:
      Position
      Select the position of the item relative to the figure region. (Usually, the figure region covers the entire graph.) For example, to center the item, select Centered.
      Offset
      Select Custom. In Horizontal, enter the number of figure units to move the item to the left (−) or the right (+) of the selected position. In Vertical, enter the number of figure units to move the item down (−) or up (+) from the selected position.

Examples of editing titles, subtitles, or footnotes

The title, subtitle, and footnote on this boxplot are green, instead of the default color, which is black.
This graph has a custom title, two subtitles, and two footnotes.
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