Step Plots


Click the Home | New Graph | Line/Scatter | Step Plot command to create a step plot. Step plots are very similar to line/scatter plots. In line/scatter plots, the connecting line is drawn directly between adjacent points using the shortest path. In a step plot, the connecting lines are always drawn parallel or perpendicular to the axes.

Click the Step Plot button to create the step plot.


2D Step Plot
Step plots draw data connecting
lines as parallel or perpendicular
to an axis.


To understand how this line is created, imagine drawing a horizontal line through each data point, then go back and draw a vertical line through each data point. The intersecting lines would form the step plot. Of course, you could also start by drawing the vertical lines first, which creates a different step path. Grapher makes it easy to create plots with either horizontal or vertical step lines.

Creating a New Step Plot

To create a step plot:

  1. Select Graphs | Create | Basic | Step Plot command.
  2. Select a data file in the Open Worksheet dialog. You can select a new data file or you can select an open data file in the Open worksheets section.
  3. Click the Open button. A step plot is created using the default properties.

Editing Step Plot Properties

To change the features of a step plot— including the columns used to create the plot— first select the plot in the plot window or Object Manager and then edit its properties in the Property Manager.

Click the following tabs in the Property Manager to change different properties:


Data Limits






See Also

Fit Curves

3D XYY Step Plot

Standard Axes

Add Additional Axes

Add Plots

Duplicate Axes


Multi-Graph Legends

Graph Title

Creating Multiple Graphs on a Page

List Worksheets

Fill Between Plots

Graph Wizard