11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2013 5:37 PM by Badunit
4thSpace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a line chart with several lines.  Each line is a day of week.  All seven days of the week are plotted.  Is there a way to click one day of week (in the legend) and have it bold or something so it is more predominant?  The lines are all mixed together, making it a little difficult to tell what is going on.

  • 1. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    Munas Level 4 Level 4 (1,255 points)

    Click on a line you want to make bolder (this selects just that line) and from toolbar change pt value, next to stroke.

    Additionally, you may change stroke settings for that line to make it more different from the others, change its color and weight.

  • 2. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    Yellowbox Level 5 Level 5 (4,580 points)

    Hi 4thSpace,

    An example of what Munas told you. I did this to a chart using Inspector (Graphic Tab). The bold red line is Thursday. I reduced the size of lines and symbols to 1 point for every day except for the important day. Then added solid fill to symbols for Thursday. Yes, we can all make ugly charts!

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 6.11.13 PM.png

     

     

    Ian.

  • 3. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,180 points)

    Several things can be done to emphasise one line in a multi series line chart. None are dynamic, though; the emphasised line will not change by selecting it in the legend.

     

    These changes can be made:

     

    1. Change the position of the target line by moving it to the front. Move the data column for this line to the leftmost charted location on the table, OR change the series Order using the control in the series section of the Chart Inspector.

    2. Add some weight to the line (and to the data point symbols). The line can be selected as suggested by Munas, or by clicking on the chart to select it, then clicking the colour square at the top of the table column for that series. Use the stroke thickness control to make tis line thicker than the others. Repeat after selecting a data point symbol.

    3. Change the colour of the target line using the stroke color well beside the thickness control. Repeat for the Data point symbol, as above. Do this after changing the order, as colour is assigned by position in the order list.

    4. Use a different Data point symbol on the target series. Make the change in the Series section of the Chart inspector.

    5. Fade out the other lines on the chart by selecting them and setting their opacity to 80%, desaturating their colours.

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • 4. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    4thSpace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.  That works well.

     

    How do I get the data point symbol to also change thickness?

     

    How do I get opacity for one line to change?  It changes the entire chart.

     

    Is there a way to fade the names/data points of certain days in the legend?

  • 5. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,180 points)

    How do I get the data point symbol to also change thickness?

     

    Click on one of the data points, just above the center. Can be a finicky thing to do, the hot spot is quite small. I've sometimes increased the view scale (bottom left corner of the window) to 150% or 200% to make the selection.

     

    How do I get opacity for one line to change?  It changes the entire chart.

     

    The opacity setting will apply to whatever you have selected when you move the slider. To change opacity of a single line (series), select only that line, then move the slider.

     

    Is there a way to fade the names/data points of certain days in the legend?

     

    No. When you select a data point on the chart, the selection includes all data points on that  series.

    The chart legend may be selected only as a single object, so a change in opacity applies to all text and graphic parts of that object.

     

    You could replace the legend with a 'hand built' one constructed in a Text box. That should allow applying attributes to individual items in the box.

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • 6. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    4thSpace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Click on one of the data points, just above the center. Can be a finicky thing to do, the hot spot is quite small.

     

    Hotspot?  What do you mean?  I don't see anything when I click above a data point.

     

    I do see that if you click a data point then click the up arrow next to "size", it will change the data point.  But it also changes line thickness.  Strangely, all values adjust to the same size.

     

    The opacity setting will apply to whatever you have selected when you move the slider. To change opacity of a single line (series), select only that line, then move the slider.

     

    Nope - it applies to the entire chart.  Opacity doesn't have a slider.  It's a drop down selection.

     

    You could replace the legend with a 'hand built' one constructed in a Text box. That should allow applying attributes to individual items in the box.

     

    Good idea.

  • 7. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,815 points)

    When you click on a data point in the chart, all the data points for that series should get little white "selection" boxes around them and not have any of those little white boxes on the line.  If you don't see that, you have not selected the data point. If you have selected the line instead of the data point, the line will have the little white boxes on it too. As Barry said, the place to click is near the top of the data point. Not "above" the data point. Sometimes it is easier if you make the data points larger.

     

    You are correct that opacity in the Graphic Inspector changes all the lines. I don't know where you are seeing a drop down selection for opacity.  BUT, if you select the line, go to the Graphic Inspector, and click on the color box, the Color window will come up. There is an opacity slider in it and it applies to that color, ergo that line.

     

    Clicking the up arrow for the data point size does not increase the line thickness of the line or the data point (except when the data point was really small to start with), it only makes the data point larger.

     

    Select the line. Change its color/opacity/line thickness. Select the data point. Do the same to it.  You can't do both at once

  • 8. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    4thSpace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't get any white boxes.  I get four little white circles around each data point.  However, they don't do anything.

     

    Clicking the top center of the data point doesn't do anything.

     

    Clicking the line then bringing up the color opacity and adjusting has no effect.

  • 9. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,180 points)

    Click on one of the data points, just above the center. Can be a finicky thing to do, the hot spot is quite small.

     

    Hotspot?  What do you mean?  I don't see anything when I click above a data point.

    Picture 1.png

    About where the arrow is pointing.

     

    I do see that if you click a data point then click the up arrow next to "size", it will change the data point.  But it also changes line thickness.  Strangely, all values adjust to the same size.

     

    Not my experience. Data points selected, size increased. Stroke on the (selected) data points has increased, but the connecting lines have kept their original thickness:

    Picture 4.png

     

     

     

    The opacity setting will apply to whatever you have selected when you move the slider. To change opacity of a single line (series), select only that line, then move the slider.

     

    Nope - it applies to the entire chart.  Opacity doesn't have a slider.  It's a drop down selection.

     

    Hmmm... Your description fits my experience today. I'm sure I was able to fade only the two selected lines and points last night while leaving the emphasised one at 100%.

    The opacity control in the format bar is a pop-up menu, as you say. The control in the Graphics Inspector is a slider. Either may be used.

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • 10. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    4thSpace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, perfect.  Yes - I am able to change the size of just the data point.  Thanks.

  • 11. Re: Highlighting specific plots in chart
    Badunit Level 6 Level 6 (10,815 points)

    Okay, it was circles not boxes.  Same idea though.  I guess I need to get my glasses fixed.