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How can I add, or remove, annotations to multiple subgroups at the same time?
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Last Updated
21st of June, 2013

Applies to
WinSPC 8.2, WinSPC 8.3

     New to WinSPC version 8.2 is the ability to add, or remove,  annotations for a range of subgroups from within the Variable Analyzer window.  Annotations consist of Assignable Cause, Corrective Actions, and Notes.  This is a quick and easy way to annotate a range of subgroups with a few clicks of the mouse.

  1. Log in to WinSPC as the Admin user or a user that has Administration permissions to the Variable Analyzer.
  2. In the Administrator window, expand the Parts/Processes node in the Tree pane, and locate the Variable to be annotated.
  3. Right-Click on the variable and select Query, to open the Variable Analyzer window.
  4. Click on the Chart tab to view the chart.

 annotations_multiple.jpg

To Add an annotation to a range of subgroups (Figure 1), use the following steps:

  1. Right-click and hold inside the chart area of the Variable Analyzer window.
  2. Drag to the right, selecting the range of subgroups to be annotated.  Release the mouse button.
  3. From the popup menu, select Add Assignable Cause…, Add Corrective Action…, or Add Note…
  4. Type the assignable cause, corrective action, or note to add to the selected subgroups and click OK (see Figure 1a).  If annotations are linked to the Part or Collection Plan, then a annotation can be selected from the drop-down box.  Annotated subgroups will be denoted by a yellow diamond with a black “N” marker below the subgroup.
  5. In the Confirm prompt, click OK

NOTE:

annotations_mutiple_screen.jpgAnnotated subgroup markers only appear if the variable is in its Default Subgrouping State.  A Default Subgrouping State button has been added, which automatically returns a variable’s data to its default subgrouping state. When the Default Subgrouping button is activated (icon will have a blue background, depending on display settings), the variable is in its default subgrouping state. Whenever a change is made which has the potential to cause a variable’s data to leave its default subgrouping state, the button is deactivated (icon will have a gray background, depending on display settings).

 

To Remove an annotation from a range of subgroups, use the following steps:

  1. Right-click and hold inside the chart area of the Variable Analyzer window.
  2. Drag to the right, selecting the range of subgroups to be annotated.  Release the mouse button.
  3. From the popup menu, select Add Assignable Cause…, Add Corrective Action…, or Add Note…
  4. Clear the assignable cause, corrective action, or note box to remove the annotation from the selected subgroups and click OK.
  5. In the Confirm prompt, click OK.

 

To Add an annotation using the Ctrl key to define an X-axis & Y-axis selection, use the following steps:

  1. Press and hold the Ctrl key down on the keyboard.
  2. Right-click and hold inside the chart area of the Variable Analyzer window.
  3. Drag to the right, selecting the range of subgroups to be annotated.  Release the mouse button and Ctrl key.
  4. From the popup menu, select Add Assignable Cause…, Add Corrective Action…, or Add Note…
  5. Type the assignable cause, corrective action, or note to add to the selected subgroups and click OK (see Figure 1a).  If annotations are linked to the Part or Collection Plan, then a annotation can be selected from the drop-down box.
  6. In the Confirm prompt, click OK

 

annotations_single.jpgTo Remove an Annotation using the Ctrl key to define an X-axis & Y-axis selection, use the following steps:

  1. Press and hold the Ctrl key down on the keyboard.
  2. Right-click and hold inside the chart area of the Variable Analyzer window.
  3. Drag to the right, selecting the range of subgroups to be annotated.  Release the mouse button and Ctrl key.
  4. From the popup menu, select Add Assignable Cause…, Add Corrective Action…, or Add Note…
  5. Clear the assignable cause, corrective action, or note box to remove the annotation from the selected subgroups and click OK.
  6. In the Confirm prompt, click OK

 

To Add or Remove an annotation to a single subgroup of data, use the following steps:

  1. Left-click on the subgroup to be annotated inside the chart area from within the Variable Analyzer window (can also be done from the Data Collection screen).
  2. In the Data Point Viewer (Figure 2), add or remove desired annotations.
  3. Click OK to exit Data Point viewer.
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