Format Scatter Dialog Box
You can use the Format Scatter dialog box to format the scatter in a scatter chart. This topic describes the options in the dialog box.
Designer display the Format Scatter dialog box when you right-click a marker in a scatter chart and select Format Scatter from the shortcut menu, or double-click a marker in a scatter chart.
The dialog box contains the following tabs:
You see these buttons in the tabs:
Select to apply your settings and close the dialog box.
Select to close the dialog box without saving any changes.
Select to apply all changes and leave the dialog box open.
Select to view information about the dialog box.
Use this tab to specify the general properties of the scatter chart.
You can specify the layout of the scatter in this box.
- No line
Select if you do not want to use lines to connect the markers in the scatter chart.
- Straight Line
Select to use straight lines to connect the markers in the scatter chart.
- Curved Line
Select to use curved lines to connect the markers in the scatter chart.
You can specify the property of the lines that connect the markers in the scatter chart in this box.
Specify the thickness of the lines, in pixels.
You can specify the properties of the markers in the scatter chart in this box.
Select the style of the markers.
Specify the width of the markers, in pixels.
Specify the height of the markers, in pixels.
Use this tab to specify the color pattern to fill the scatter markers.
Specify the color for the selected scatter markers in the same data series. To edit the color, select the color indicator and select a color from the color palette or type the hexadecimal value of a color (for example, 0xff0000) in the text box.
Specify the transparency of the color.
Select to apply the color pattern to the scatter markers themselves only. If you do not select the option, Designer synchronizes the color settings you define here to the Pattern List property on the chart object in the Report Inspector, which the data markers of other subtypes can also apply if the chart is a combo chart.
Select to open the Color List dialog box to modify the color pattern for scatter markers in the same data series respectively.
This box displays a preview sample based on your selections.
Designer does not support displaying data labels in scatter charts, so you can skip this tab.
Use this tab to specify the properties for the hint of the scatter markers.
Show Category and Series
Select to include the category and series values in the hint.
Auto Scale in Number
Specify whether to automatically scale the Number values in the hint that fall into the two ranges:
- When 1000 <= value < 10^15, Designer applies the following quantity unit symbols of the International System of Units to scale the values: K (10^3), M (10^6), G (10^9), and T (10^12).
- When 0 < value < 0.001 or value >= 10^15, Designer uses scientific notation to scale the values.
By default, Designer selects "auto" for the option, meaning, Designer applies the setting that you specify for the same property on the chart in the Report Inspector for the values. If you select "true", Designer applies the specified format to the integer part of the values after scaling them; however, if the specified format conflicts with the logic of Auto Scale in Number, for example, the values display in percentage, Designer ignores the Auto Scale in Number setting. Select "false" if you do not want to scale the values.
Customize Chart Value Names
Select to customize the names of the fields on the value axis which you want to display in the hint. By default, Designer applies the display names of the fields in the hint to label the values which may be not intuitive to users. You can select the option and select the ellipsis to customize the names in the Customize Chart Value Names dialog box to help users better understand the values.