Welcome to Grapher Dialog

When Grapher is first opened, the Welcome to Grapher dialog appears. The Welcome to Grapher dialog provides a way to start Grapher in your desired method. Whatever option is selected becomes the default for all future Grapher sessions. The dialog reappears every time Grapher opens.


The Welcome to Grapher dialog appears when you open Grapher.


New Options

The New list, on the left side of the dialog, controls the default setting and the method that this instance of Grapher will begin with.


Click any of the buttons to open Grapher using the method described. For instance, click the Plot + Worksheet option to open Grapher with a new empty plot window and new empty worksheet window. Available options are Plot + Worksheet, Plot, Template, Worksheet, Plot from Template, and Plot from Wizard.


Default Method

After clicking any of the buttons in the New list, the selected button is written to the Grapher program as an option. Every time the program is opened, this default option will be used if you click the Close button or the X button in the top right. In addition, this default method is used if the Welcome to Grapher dialog is not displayed.


To change the default method, open any plot window. Click the File | Options command. On the left side of the dialog, click General. On the right side of the dialog, change the Start up action. Available options match the options included as buttons in the Welcome to Grapher dialog. In addition, the option Do nothing exists from the Options dialog.


Files List and Preview

The Files list, in the middle of the dialog, contains options to open specific files. Click the current file type selection and select the desired file type from the list. Available options are Recent Files, Sample Files, Project Files, Script Files, and Browse. Select the desired option and the list updates to show all files in the selected type. Data files are not listed in this section. To open a data file, select Browse in the file type list.


Click a file name to select to file. A preview of the selected file is displayed, and the selected file can be opened by clicking the Open button. Click on another file or press the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW keys to change the file selection.


Project Folder

Clicking the Set Project Folder button opens the Select Folder dialog. The Browse for Folder dialog will open for Windows XP users. The selected directory is used for the Project Files and Script Files file lists. The Project Folder can also be changed in the File | Options dialog. If the Project Folder specification is removed in the Options dialog, the Windows default (C:\Users\<username>\Documents) folder is used until a new project folder is selected.



After clicking on a file in the file type list, click the Open button to open the selected file. The Welcome to Grapher dialog closes and the action is performed. The Open button is disabled until a file is selected in the Files list. To open a file that is not located in any of the lists, or to open a data file, select Browse in the file type list.



The Welcome dialog displays a useful tip on the right side of the dialog.


Start with the Tutorial

Click the Tutorials button to start Grapher with a new plot and worksheet and the help open to the Tutorial Introduction topic.


Turn Welcome Dialog Off

The Show this dialog at start up check box is checked by default. Click the Show this dialog at startup to remove the check and open Grapher without the Welcome to Grapher dialog in all future instances. After closing Grapher and reopening, the Welcome to Grapher dialog will not be displayed.


This option can be changed by clicking the File | Options command. In the Options dialog, click on Dialog Messages on the left side. On the right side, check the box next to Show Welcome Dialog. Click OK and the next time Grapher is opened, the Welcome to Grapher dialog is displayed.



Click the Close button to close the Welcome to Grapher dialog without selecting any option. The last option selected from the New list is used. Grapher opens with that option.



See Also

New Plot

New Worksheet

New Template

New Plot from Template

Graph Wizard


Options Dialog - General Options

Options Dialog - Dialog Messages Options