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Add Text to Plot

Select menu: Graphics | Add to Graph | Text

Use this to add some text to an existing graph open in the graphics viewer.

  1. From the main menu select Graphics | Add to Graph | Text.

Y and X positions

Specifies the position where the text is placed. This can be a number, a list of numbers separated by spaces or commas, or a variate or scalar. The lengths of the Y and X variates or lists of numbers must be the same. If the Window is set to Relative to frame, the position is given in frame coordinates, rather than graph coordinates. Frame coordinates can be used to plot text outside the graph box containing the data.


Specifies the text to be placed in the graph. If more than one line of one text is to be inserted, you can specify a list of strings separated by spaces or commas, or a text structure containing several lines. The number of lines of text should be the same as the number of Y positions. Strings that contain spaces or commas must be contained in single quotes (e.g. ‘Group 1’, ‘Group 2’). If you need to use a quote in a quoted text, this should be doubled (e.g. ‘tomorrow”s location’).

Insert symbol

This opens the Insert Symbol dialog where you can add Greek and mathematical symbols or line breaks into the Text field.


This opens the Format Text dialog where you can format text (bold, italic, subscript, superscript) in the Text field. If only part of the text is selected, only that selection will be formatted or replaced.


Select the text colour that you want to use .


Specifies the transparency of the text. Selecting None means nothing will show through the text. Otherwise, the larger the value of transparency, the more the existing graph will show through the text.


Specifies an amount by which the standard size of the text is to be multiplied by. The value 1 represents the standard size.


Specifies the angle of the text. An angle of 0 places the text horizontally, 90 places the text vertically and 180 flips the text so that it appears upside down.


Specifies how the text is placed relative to the Y position.

Below Places the label above the Y position
Centre Centres the label around the Y position
Above Places the label below the Y position


Specifies how the text is placed relative to the X position.

Left The label is placed to the left of the X position
Centre The label is centred around the X position
Right The label is placed to the right of the X position

Window number

Specifies the window where the text is to be added. If you select Relative to frame the Y and X positions are relative to the frame (whose maximum X and Y limits are provided in the Y upper and X upper fields). For example, if the X and Y upper boundaries are 1, then a value of 0.5 for the X and Y positions will position the text at the centre of the graph. If a window number is used, the Y and X positions are relative to the data currently displayed in that graph.

Action buttons

Run Add the text to the graph.
Cancel Close the dialog without further changes.
Defaults Reset options to their default settings.

Action Icons

Pin Controls whether to keep the dialog open when you click Run. When the pin is down  the dialog will remain open, otherwise when the pin is up  the dialog will close.
Restore Restore names into edit fields and default settings.
Clear Clear all fields and list boxes.
Help Open the Help topic for this dialog.

See also

Updated on September 16, 2019

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