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Plot Details ControlsExpand Plot Details Controls The (Plot Details) Spacing Tab

The controls on the Spacing tab are dependent on the current data plot type. The following reference section reviews all the possible controls on this tab.

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The spacing in 2D Columns or 2D Bars graph. The spacing in Box / Histogram plot.

Gap Between....(in %)

This combination box value controls the spacing between the columns, bars, or boxes for each X value, in units of % of the width of the columns, bars, or boxes at each X value. The control supports keyboard entry or selecting from the drop-down list.

The default value is 20; accepted values range from 0 to 100. If the input value is not an integer, it will be rounded up to the next integer.

Note: If Subgrouping is turned on for a box chart or histogram, you can edit the Gap Between Subgroups and Gap Within Subgroups.

Overlap (in %)

This combo box is only available if the data plot is part of the grouped plot.

Note: For a grouped stacked column plot, in the case of Cumulative or Incremental selected for the Offset radio box in Stack tab, the Overlap combo box will only show when the Use Subgrouping (in Group tab) for Cumulative/Incremental check box is checked.

Type or select a value from this combination box. The value is the percentage of column/bar overlap at a given X value. A negative value puts space between columns/bars. If Gap is 0, there is no gap or overlap.

The percentage value is the relative ratio between the gap/overlap and the column/bar width.

The default value is 0. The accepted range is from -100 to 100.


Specify whether divide the columns into subsets.

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Enable Subset We can control if the column should be divided into subsets by this radio button.
  • None: Do NOT divide the columns into subsets
  • By Size: Divide the columns into subsets by a specifying the subset size.
  • By Column: Divide the columns into subsets by a specifying the column, so that you can use a column of values in an Origin worksheet to control subset size for unbalance grouped column plot.
Subset Size Select a number from the drop-down list or enter an integer directly to specify the size of subsets. If Subset Size is set to be 0, subset is not used.
Column Select a column from the drop-down list and use this column of values to control the subset size of data plot.
Gap Between Subsets(%) If Subset Size is not 0, you can specify the Gap Between Subsets (%) by either selecting a number from the drop-down list or you can enter a value directly. This is a percentage of the width of the columns/bars.
Notes: The Subset group only shows when applicable:
  • The plot has automatically assigned X data (The data plot is named as <autoX, Y> in Plot Details dialog). And Trellis must be turned off (on Panel tab, None is selectd for both directions).
  • The plot has arbitrary X data, but the Type of X axis tick label is set as Text from Dataset, and the dataset used to define tick labels is the X data.

Width (in %)

Specify a dataset to control column/bar width.

Select a column (dataset) from the drop-down list. Dataset values determine the relative column/bar width, in combination with Gap Between and Overlap settings. Values are multiplied by the Scaling Factor(see below).

Accepted values must be greater than or equal to 0. When Width (in %) is 0, the column/bar displays as a vertical/horizontal line.

Scaling Factor

Use this combination box to define the scaling factor for values in the Width (in %) column.

Enter a Scaling Factor by typing or choosing from the drop-down list. The value can be any positive rational number or 0.

When the Factor is 0, the values in the Width (in %) column determine bar width in terms of X axis scale values .

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