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What is Saved with the Graph Template?

Graph windows are created from graph template files. Origin graph template files have an OTP file extension. Origin ships with a large number of built-in graph templates. These templates are used to create all of Origin's built-in 2D and 3D graph types and they can be modified to preserve your custom settings.

A graph template file differs from a graph window (.OGG) file in that templates do not store data in the graph. Rather, graph template files store important page and layer characteristics (page size, number of layers, scaling of text and drawing objects, etc.) and they also store data plot style information (plot type, plot colors, data labels, etc.). For more information, see "Attributes saved with the graph template," below.


Saving graph customizations to a template file

To save the active graph window as a graph template (.OTP) file:

  1. Activate the graph window and select File:Template:Save As...


  1. Right-click on the window title bar and select Save Template As... from the shortcut menu.
    Both commands open the Save As dialog box.
  2. Enter the File Name. The graph template (.OTP) extension is added automatically.
  3. Select a category or enter a custom category (Categories help you easily find your template when using the Template Library).

Attributes saved with the graph template

The graph page, each graph layer on the page, the axes, the tick labels, the axes labels, and text or object annotations, as well as the data plots, all have properties that can be saved to a graph template.

Attributes controlled from the Plot Details dialog box are saved with a graph template:

Additionally, the attributes controlled by these dialog boxes are saved with the graph template:

A note about data plot style holders

The details (or data plot styles) of each of the data plots in your graph window are saved in data plot style holders. Data plot style holders contain information about the type of data plot (for example, scatter, line, or column) and the settings for the data plot (for example, the settings on the Plot Details Symbol tab). When you save a graph window as a template, each data plot in each layer of the graph window has an associated data plot style holder.

Thus, when you create a graph based on this custom template, for each layer in your graph, the first data plot in the layer will display according to the information stored in the first data plot style holder for that layer. The second data plot in the layer will display according to the information stored in the second data plot style holder for that layer, and so on. As you add data plots to the layer, Origin searches for a data plot style holder that is not currently in use (for example, if you removed a data plot from the layer contents), and displays the data plot using the first data plot style holder found. If you add more data plots to the layer than there are style holders, Origin will display the data plot using the information in the last data plot style holder.