There are several approaches to assigning attributes to the individual plots in a group. Incrementing behaviors can be saved with the graph template, they can be applied at the time of graph creation by turning on a System Theme, or they may be applied after the graph is created by loading a previously-formulated Theme (.OTH) file.
In any case, plot attributes of grouped plots are controlled by a Group Incremental List, the basics of which are covered in this topic.
To modify the appearance of a group of plots and change the way in which plot elements increment through their various lists, begin by opening the Group tab of the Plot Details dialog box.
To set a plot attribute to automatically increment:
To modify a list for a particular attribute:
When lists increment in a Nested fashion, you establish a hierarchy of attributes in which all elements of the first attribute list are exhausted before the elements of the second list begin to increment. When lists increment in a Concerted fashion, all incrementing attributes cycle through their lists of elements simultaneously.
To choose between Nested or Concerted incrementing behaviors:
When incrementing in a Nested fashion, attribute order determines which attributes are incremented first and which begin to increment only after the preceding attribute lists have been exhausted.
To reorder the plot elements:
You can store increment lists by re-saving the graph template. An even more flexible arrangement is to save the increment list as a separate file, the advantage being that you can apply your customizations to existing graphs as opposed to only being able to apply them to new graphs.
To save a List:
If you save from within one of the lists (see Controlling list ordering and contents, above), you save only the elements of the list:
Once a Group Incremental List is saved as an .OTH file, you can load it to apply it to an existing graph.
To load a List:
If you load an .OTH file from inside one of the element lists, note that the available list of .OTH files is filtered. Only .OTH files that are appropriate to the current attribute will be listed.