Tutorial Introduction

Welcome to the Grapher tutorial. This tutorial is designed to introduce you to some of Grapher's basic features and should take less than an hour to complete. After you have completed the tutorial, you will have the skills needed to begin creating your own graphs with your own data. The lessons should be completed in order; however, they do not need to be completed in one session.


Tutorial Overview

The following is an overview of lessons included in the tutorial.


Starting Grapher shows you how to begin a new Grapher session and open a new plot window.


Lesson 1 - Viewing and Creating Data

Viewing and Creating Data opens and edits an existing data file and creates a new data file.


Lesson 2 - Creating a Graph

Creating a Graph shows you one way to create a graph.


Lesson 3 - Modifying Plot Properties

Modifying Plot  Properties shows you how to open and edit the plot properties.


Lesson 4 - Editing Axes

Editing Axes shows you how to add an axis title, how to change the tick mark spacing, how to change the tick label source, and how to add a second linked axis.


Lesson 5 - Adding Additional Plots to the Graph

Adding Additional Plots to the Graph shows you how to add a second plot to an existing graph.


Lesson 6 - Editing Graph Properties

Editing Graph Properties shows you how to edit properties of the graph, such as adding a graph title.


Lesson 7 - Adding and Editing a Legend

Adding and Editing a Legend shows you how to create and edit a legend.


Lesson 8 - Working with the Script Recorder

Working with the Script Recorder shows you how to use the Script Recorder with the techniques in the previous lessons and adds a few new items. This is an optional advanced lesson. Because other features are covered in this advanced lesson, it is highly encouraged that you complete Lesson 8, even if you do not wish to use the script recorder.


Advanced Tutorial Lessons

Saving Graphs shows you how to save a graph.

Using the Magnifier shows you how to add a magnifier to your graph.

Using the Inset Zoom shows you how to draw an inset zoom on your plot page.

Combining Plots from Different Graphs demonstrates how to add an existing plot to a second existing graph.


A Note About the Documentation

Various font styles are used throughout the Grapher quick start guide and online help. Bold text indicates command names, dialog names, and page names. Italic text indicates items within a dialog such as group box names, options, and field names. For example, the Save As dialog contains a Save as type list. Bold and italic text occasionally may be used for emphasis.


In addition, commands appear as Home | Clipboard | Copy. This means, "click or scroll to the Home tab at the top of the document, then click the Copy command in the Clipboard group." The first word is always the ribbon tab name, followed by the group name(s), and the last word is always the specific command.


Topic Links

Each topic contains several links to other topics.

Click on the link for an in-depth discussion on the subject. Use the button to return to the tutorial topic.


Using the Tutorial with the Demo Version

If you are using the demo version of Grapher, you will not be able to complete some of the steps due to disabled save, export, and print features. The demo version is a fully functional read-only version of the program. When this is a factor it is noted in the text and you are directed to proceed to the next step that can be accomplished with the demo.



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