Knowing where regions are is important for graph editing, especially if you have multiple graphs within a single graph region.
The area just within the graph border that encompasses all the graphs, including their figure regions, data regions, legends, and tables. When you print a graph, the graph region corresponds to one sheet of paper.
Usually, the graph region contains a single graph. A layout may include several different graphs, but it still has only one graph region.
The area in which the data are displayed. You can put additional text, lines, symbols, and polygons in the data region. Pie charts and 3D graphs do not have data regions.
When you are editing a graph, the regions can be resized, relocated, and formatted with color, fill patterns, edge line types, and more. In addition, you can change the fonts for the legend and table regions. To edit a graph, double-click on the graph to open the Edit Graph dialog box. Then you can do one of the following:
Each region uses a coordinate system for positioning items within it. You might use a region's coordinate system if you are writing a macro, but usually, it is easier to position regions and annotations by dragging them.
Data regions use the graph scales as coordinate systems. A categorical scale uses index values incrementing from left to right. The index value 1 signifies the first category, 2 signifies the second, and so on. A value of 1.5 corresponds to the point halfway between the first and second category.
The figure coordinate system ranges from 0 to 1 in each direction, with x beginning at the left edge of the region and y beginning at the bottom.
The graph region coordinate system ranges 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.
Each region uses a coordinate system for positioning items within it. You might use a region's coordinate system if you are writing a macro, but usually it is easier to position regions and annotations by dragging them.
If you add annotation or move regions on a graph, you can copy the coordinates for those items. With the graph in editing mode, click the button on the toolbar. The coordinates are copied, along with the remainder of the command language that you can use to recreate the graph.
The figure region, which is in front of the graph region and behind the data region, is transparent by default.