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Essential Graphing > Graph Builder > How to Use Graph Builder > About the Graph Builder Window
Publication date: 11/10/2021

About the Graph Builder Window

To launch Graph Builder, open your data table and then select Graph > Graph Builder. The Variables list contains the columns in your data table, which you can drag into zones.

Figure 3.2 Graph Builder Window for Big 

Graph Builder Window for Big




The columns in your data table are listed in the Variables panel. Drag columns from the Columns list into zones, or select the column in the Variables list and click the empty zone.

You can create a virtual column by right-clicking a column name in the Variables list and selecting from the options provided.

The transformed column appears at the bottom of the list in italics.

You can drag that column into Graph Builder zones.

Right-click the transformed column for further options.

Tip: For descriptions of the column options in the Variables red triangle menu, see Columns Panel in Data Tables in Using JMP.


The graph area and zones are the main body of Graph Builder. Your graph appears in the middle, and you drag variables into different zones. See Graph Zones.

Note: Any excluded rows are hidden in graphs.


Click an element type icon to choose the type of graph that you want. You can apply several types of elements to your data simultaneously (using the Shift key). See Element Types and Options.


Customize the graph with specific options for the type of graph you have selected. See Element Types and Options.


Customize the Graph Builder window. See Red Triangle Options.


Undo actions, start over, and more. See Graph Builder Buttons.


If your graph has a legend, it appears here. To customize the legend, see Legend Options.

To re-create and modify the graph in Figure 3.2, follow these steps:

1. Select Help > Sample Data Library and open Big

2. Select Graph > Graph Builder.

3. Select height and drag it to the Y zone.

4. Select weight and drag it to the X zone.

5. Select age and drag it to the Overlay zone.

The graph in Figure 3.2 appears. The relationship between height and weight for each value of age is shown using color in a single graph.

Now you want to see separate graphs for each value of age.

6. Select age in the Overlay zone and drag it to the Wrap zone.

Figure 3.3 Height and Weight Grouped by Age 

Height and Weight Grouped by Age

For each value of age, the relationship between height and weight is shown in a separate graph.

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