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How do I set the default number of subgroups visible in a chart?
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Last Updated
31st of December, 2013

Applies to
WinSPC 8.0, WinSPC 8.1, WinSPC 8.2, WinSPC 8.3

The charting component of WinSPC's Variable Analyzer and Report Designer allows you to see any or all of the data collected within that variable at a given time, depending on your filters, your zoom level and color schemes
Among other things, color schemes determine how many subgroups are plotted on a given chart. By default, WinSPC color schemes will plot all data points onto a given chart within your data set. If you wish to view fewer subgroups on your chart at a time, you can create your own color scheme that has limits the visible subgroups on a control chart.


1)      Log in as the Admin user

2)      Click on ‘Tools’>’Chart Color Schemes…’

3)      Either

  • Click on the green ‘+’ button called ‘Create color scheme’ to create a new color scheme
  • Select any other existing color scheme from the ‘Color Scheme:’ drop down box, and press the ‘Copy from…’ button

4)      Name your color scheme in the ‘Color Scheme:’ drop down box something meaningful

5*)      Under the ‘General’ tab, in the ‘General Settings’ area, deselect ‘No Limit’

6)      In the ‘Subgroups Visible:’ box, select the number of subgroups you would like to appear within a chart at a given time, e.g. 25 or 50

7)      Press ‘OK’ to save the changes to your new color scheme.

*applies to WinSPC version 8.2 or newer

You can now use this color scheme for the Variable Analyzer or for printed reports that use a chart. You can do this from within Variable Analyzer each time you open it, by right-clicking on the chart in Variable Analyzer and selecting the appropriate color scheme, or you can set your new color scheme by default within the User setup inside WinSPC.


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