The Minitab user interface

Everything you see in the Minitab interface is part of your project.

The Minitab interface includes the following components:

1: Navigator
Contains the list of output titles and report titles in your project. The output and reports are sorted from oldest to newest, with the most recent items at the bottom of the list. Right-click any title in the Navigator to do the following tasks:
  • Open the output or report in split view to compare outputs and to easily drag and drop output into a report.
  • Rename the output or report. The name also updates in the output pane.
  • Send the output or report to a different application, such as Microsoft® Word, Microsoft® PowerPoint, Minitab Engage, or Minitab Workspace™.
  • Delete the analysis or report from the project. You can undo this action from the Edit menu.

In Windows, you can select multiple items in the Navigator. Press Shift and left-click your mouse to select contiguous items. Press Ctrl and left-click your mouse to select noncontiguous items.


If your project has multiple worksheets, you can view the list of output by worksheet. From the Navigator, click and choose Group Commands by Worksheet

2: Output pane
Displays a list of the output pages and report pages in a project. Output pages display output such as graphs or tables after you run an analysis. Report pages display output that you collect from one or more output pages. From the output pane, you can do the following tasks:
  • To affect the contents of a tab, click the tab, then click next to the output title.
  • To affect a specific table or graph, click the graph or the table, then click .
  • To view output that is not currently visible, click the title of the output or report in the Navigator.

To compare the output of two different analyses or reports, right-click the second item in the Navigator and choose Open in Split View.

3: Data pane (worksheets)
Displays the active worksheet. You can have multiple worksheets open in the data pane at the same time; however, Minitab uses the data in the active worksheet to run the analysis.

To rename a worksheet, double-click the name in the worksheet tab.

4: Command Line/History pane
By default, this pane is not shown. To show this pane, choose View > Command Line/History. If you close Minitab while the pane is visible, the pane is visible the next time you open Minitab.
Command Line
The location where you can enter or paste command language to perform an analysis.
The command language that Minitab uses to run an analysis. You can select and copy commands and subcommands from the History pane to the Command Line pane, where you can edit and run them again.
5: Status bar
Use the status bar to show or hide the Navigator, the data pane, or the output pane. You can also zoom in or zoom out on a graph or a worksheet, depending on whether the data pane or the output pane is selected.
  • Click to show or hide the Navigator.
  • Click to show the output pane and the data pane at the same time.
  • Click to show only the data pane.
  • Click to show only the output pane.