Use the Graph Builder to visualize your data and explore graph alternatives. Based on your input, the Graph Builder displays a preview of available graph candidates. As you explore the graph gallery, you can choose a graph candidate, then set options for the selected graph to see the effects of your changes in real-time.

Main areas

The Graph Builder is composed of four main areas.
1: Column selector panel
A list of the columns in the active worksheet.
2: Source data panel
The available input fields and any display options associated with the selected graph.
3: Candidates list
The complete list of all available graphs.
4: Canvas
The area where Minitab displays the graph previews.

Tips

When working with variables in the Graph Builder, consider the following tips:
  • To enter variables with the mouse, click the variable in the column selector panel and drag it to an input field in the source data panel.
  • To enter variables with the keyboard, click in or tab to the input field and type the column name or column number of the variable to enter, such as C1 or Flaws.
  • To rearrange the order of the variables on the graph, click a variable in an input field and drag it to a new location in the same field or to a different field within the source data panel.
  • To delete variables from the source data panel, click the in the variable name or select the variable and press the Delete key.

Explore graph alternatives

When you are unsure about which graph to choose, use the Graph Gallery to explore a variety of graph types.
  1. Choose Graph > Graph Builder.
  2. In the Graph Builder, click Graph Gallery.
  3. From the column selector panel, click the variables and drag them to the source data panel. The Graph Builder generates all possible graph types based on your input.
    Tip

    You can also click in or tab to the input field and type the column name or column number of the variable to enter, such as C1 or Flaws.

  4. From the canvas, browse the graph thumbnails to determine which graphs to explore further. The thumbnails are scaled-down representations of the graphs created from the inputs that you entered.
  5. (Optional) To narrow your selection, click All graphs in the upper-right section of the canvas, and choose an option to see graphs that match the filter criteria.
  6. Click a gallery thumbnail to select a graph.
    The data source panel presents settings specific to the selected graph.
  7. Experiment with different settings to see the effects of your changes in real-time.
    Tip

    To rearrange the order of the variables on the graph, click a variable in an input field and drag it to a new location in the same field or to a different field within the source data panel.

  8. (Optional) When your inputs result in multiple graphs of a specific type, scroll through the set of thumbnails at the bottom of the canvas and select one to see a preview of an alternate graph.

Select and customize a graph

When you know which type of graph you want to create, select it from the candidates list. After you select a graph, the source data panel presents graph-specific options.
  1. Choose Graph > Graph Builder.
  2. In the Graph Builder, click a graph type from the candidates list.
    The data source panel presents settings specific to the selected graph.
  3. From the column selector panel, click the variables of interest and drag them to input fields available for the selected graph type.
    Tip

    You can also click in or tab to the input field and type the column name or column number of the variable to enter, such as C1 or Flaws.

  4. Change the settings to see the effects of your changes in real-time.
    Tip

    To rearrange the order of the variables on the graph, click a variable in an input field and drag it to a new location in the same field or to a different field within the source data panel.

  5. (Optional) When your inputs result in multiple graphs of a specific type, scroll through the set of thumbnails at the bottom of the canvas and select one to see a preview of an alternate graph.
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