Template Graphs

Template graphs are used to store graphing preferences in Grapher. When a template file is saved it does not contain a reference to any data file. This means that once the template graph is created, you can use the template to create a new graph with any compatible data set.

 

Creating a Template

To create a new template:

  1. In the plot window, design the graph exactly the way you want the final graph to appear. Create any plot type, set the axes properties, add titles, format legends, import images, add borders, or customize the graph in any way you prefer.

  2. Click the File | Save As command.

  3. In the Save As dialog, specify the directory and a File name.

  4. Set the Save as type to Plot Template (*.grt).

  5. Click the Save button and the file is saved as a complete template file.

 

Creating a New Plot from a Template

To create a new plot from a template:

  1. Click the File | New | Plot from Template command.

  2. In the Open dialog, select a .GRT template file, and click the Open button.

  3. When prompted, select the data file to use with the template.

  4. Check the Use this worksheet for remaining items if all the plots in a template use the same worksheet.

  5. Check the Set columns if you want to change the column specifications for individual plots in the graph.

  6. Click the Open button and the new plot is created. The plot uses all the settings from the template and the specified data file.

 

Alternatively, you can open a template using the steps listed below in the Editing a Template section.

 

Editing a Template

To edit a template:

  1. Click the File | Open command.

  2. In the Open dialog, select the .GRT template file and click the Open button.

  3. When prompted, select the data file(s) to use with the template and click the Open button.

  4. Check the Use this worksheet for remaining items if all the plots in a template use the same worksheet.

  5. Check the Set columns if you want to change the column specifications for individual plots in the graph.

  6. Click the Open button and the template is loaded with the specified data set.

  7. After the template file appears, make any desired changes.

  8. Choose File | Save to save the updated template file.

 

Tips About Templates

 

Template Alternatives

 

 

See Also

Creating Graphs

Property Manager

File | Options

File | Defaults