Grapher User Interface

Grapher contains four document window types: the plot window, worksheet window, Excel worksheet window, and grid window. Graphs and maps are displayed and edited in the plot window. The worksheet window displays, edits, transforms, and saves data in a tabular format. The Excel worksheet window allows a native Excel window to be opened in Grapher. The grid window allows viewing of various grid files. The Grapher user interface consists of the quick access toolbar, ribbon tabs and commands, tabbed windows, managers, and status bar.

 

The Grapher user interface includes several toolbars and managers.

 

Opening Windows

Selecting the File | Open command opens any of the three window types, depending on the type of file selected. The File | Open Excel command opens an Excel file in a native Excel window inside Grapher, if possible. The File | New | Plot command creates a new plot window. The File | New | Plot from Template command opens a new plot window, based on an existing template file. The File | New | Worksheet command creates a new worksheet window. The File | New | Template command creates a new plot window to use as a template file. The File | New | Excel Window opens a native Excel window inside Grapher, if possible.

 

Object Manager

When Grapher opens, the Object Manager is visible in the plot window by default. It contains a hierarchical list of the objects in the Grapher plot window. The Object Manager is initially docked at the left side of the window, giving the window a split appearance; however, it can be dragged and placed anywhere on the screen. The Object Manager can also be hidden as a tab, or displayed as a floating dialog.

 

Ribbon Tabs and Commands

All window types in Grapher include ribbons that contain icons for all Grapher commands. The ribbons are initially displayed in full size, but can be minimized by right-clicking on the ribbon and selecting Minimize the Ribbon. The ribbon is then displayed in a method similar to menus in older versions of Grapher.

 

To customize the ribbon, right-click on the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon. Select any command and click Add to add it to the selected ribbon tab on the left side of the dialog. Commands can only be edited in custom groups or on custom tabs.

 

Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar is the toolbar at the top of the screen. This toolbar can be customized to include any common commands.

 

To customize the Quick Access Toolbar, right-click on the ribbon and select Customize Quick Access Toolbar. Select any command and drag it to the desired place on the Quick Access Toolbar.

 

Tab View

The plot, worksheet, and grid windows are displayed as tabbed documents. When more than one window is open, tabs appear at the top of the document, allowing you to click on a tab to switch to a different window. The tabs may be dragged to reorder them. When a document contains unsaved changes, an asterisk (*) appears next to its tabbed name. The asterisk is removed once the changes have been saved. Click the X on the tab to close that tab. If unsaved changes are in the document, a prompt to save the document appears.

 

Grapher Layout

The following table summarizes the function of each component of the Grapher layout.

 

Component Name

Component Function

Title Bar

The title bar lists the program icon, the Quick Access Toolbar, and the saved Grapher file name, if any. An asterisk (*) after the file name indicates the file has been modified.

Ribbon

The ribbon contains the tabs and commands used to run Grapher. The commands are unique to the plot document, worksheet document, grid document, and script manager document.

Tabbed Windows

Multiple plot windows, worksheet windows, Excel worksheet windows and grid windows can be displayed as tabs. Click on the tab to display that window.

Plot Window

The plot window contains the graphs and other graphics. The plot window may also display worksheet data.

Status Bar

The status bar shows information about the activity in Grapher. The status bar is divided into three sections that contain information about the selected command, object, or position.

Managers

Grapher contains several managers including an Object Manager, Property Manager, Worksheet Manager, and Script Manager. Changes made in any manager are automatically reflected in the plot window, and vice versa. Managers can be dragged and placed at any location on the screen. Managers can be docked or floating.

Object Manager

The Object Manager contains a hierarchical list of objects in a Grapher plot window; these objects can be selected, arranged, and renamed in the Object Manager. The Object Manager is initially docked on the left side above the Property Manager.

Property Manager

The Property Manager allows you to edit the properties of a selected object. Multiple objects can be edited at the same time by selecting all of the objects and changing the shared properties.

Script Manager

The Script Manager controls scripts that are recorded and run within Grapher. Right-click in the Script Manager to see relevant menu commands for opening, saving, and running scripts.

Worksheet Manager

The Worksheet Manager contains a view of all data loaded into Grapher. Edits made in the Worksheet Manager are automatically reflected in the graph. Right-click in the Worksheet Manager to save, edit, transform, sort, or obtain statistics on cells.

 

 

See Also

Introduction to Grapher

Three-Minute Tour

Grapher Tutorial Introduction

Plot Document

Worksheet Document

Grid Document

Changing the Layout