9.1.4 Setting the Page Color and Other Page Display Preferences

Use controls on the Plot Details Display tab at the Page level to set page color, connect plotted lines across axis breaks and/or missing data points, ignore missing data when calculate bar/column width, and to control the Master Items feature.

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This control, combined with the Gradient Fill control below, determines the page color.

To display no page color:

  1. Select None from the Color drop-down list.

When None is selected and the page is exported or copied to the Clipboard, the page is transparent (displays the background color of the host application).

To display a single color on the page:

  1. Select a color from the Color drop-down list.
  2. Make sure Gradient Fill is set to None.

Gradient Fill

To display a gradient of colors on the page:

  1. Select a color from the Color drop-down list
  2. Select One Color or Two Colors from Mode drop-down list.
  3. Specify the Lightness and Direction for One Color Mode, or specify another color from 2nd Color drop-down list and Direction for Two Color Mode.

For detailed information about Gradient Fill options, please view this topic.

Connect line across Axis Break

To connect the clipped ends of a line or a line + symbol data plot at an axis break:

  1. Select Connect line across Axis Break.

In a line + symbol data plot, the line across the break region displays as a dashed line.

Keep Line Trend as if no Axis Break

To keep the line trend(real line slope) before and after axis break as if there is no axis break:

  1. Select Keep Line Trend as if no Axis Break.

The following is a simple example to show you how this option works:

Keep Trend for Axis Break.png

If uncheck this check box while there is any axis break, the slope on either side of the break will be not reflective of the actual slope between the data. The following is a simple example to show you how the lines be connected without keeping the real slope:

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Use Proportional Unit for Auto Break Position

Since Origin 2018, once you check the Auto Position box for axis breaks in Breaks tab of Axis dialog, you can use this option to show each segment of axis break in proportion.

The diagram below will show you how axis break positions is decided automatically by using the proportional unit:
Use Proportional Unit for Auto Break Position 01.png

Total Length = Axis Length - Length of Break 1 - Length of Break 2

also you can say

Total Length = Length of Seg 1 + Length of Seg 2 + Length of Seg 3

Then, Seg 1, Seg 2 and Seg 3 will be rescaled according to their length proportion 8 : 10 : 5(that is (8-0):(20-10):(35-30)) on Total Length.

Connect line across Missing Data

To connect lines across missing data in line and line + symbol data plots:

  1. Select Connect line across Missing Data.

Ignore Missing Data for Column/Bar Width

To ignore missing data for calculating column/bar width in Column and Bar charts:

  1. Select Ignore Missing Data for Column/Bar Width.

It is especially useful when the data has large number of missing data and thus make the column/bar extremely slim. Note: this option only ignore the missing when calculating the column/bar width. It does not eliminate the missing from the column/bar chart.

Use Master Items

Origin provides a "Master Items" feature that allows you to include a standard set of properties and annotations in a group of graph windows. This is useful for applying a custom background, a company logo, or other labels and images to all or only selected graph or layout pages in your project. Once you have created your master items, use this check box to apply them to graphic export, Clipboard, and printed output.

Note that each graph page has its own master items control:

  1. Select Format: Page to open the Plot Details dialog box.
  2. Select the Display tab.
  3. Select the Use Master Items check box.

To learn more about creating and including master items in your graphs and layout pages, see Creating a Master Page Layout for Graphs.

Numeric Separators

This drop-down provides a graph page level control of the numeric separator for axis labels, annotations and plot labels etc. (all displayed numeric values) on the graph page. Default Auto means the numeric separator follows the Separator settings in the Numeric Format tab of Tools: Options dialog.