The Appearance dialog box of a graph enables you to change the graph's title and appearance. This section provide details on how to change a graph's appearance by using the dialog box.
To change the appearance of a graph:
Open the Appearance dialog box. On the View tab, click Set Graph Appearance.
See the following for the description of the user interface elements.
UI Element Description General tab Title section
Enables you to change the titles of the graph, the y-axis, or the x-axis.
- : Change the title's font or color.
- Reset Titles: Restore the original titles.
Note: For a pie chart, you can only change the graph title.
Use source graph style: Available for composite graphs only. It controls whether or not to apply the source graph layout related settings to the composite graph, including layout (line, area, or column), mark, and smooth line.
If this option is enabled, the three layout settings below are disabled, and every change to the source graph layout will be applied accordingly to the composite graph.
- Default Layout: Select a layout that the graph is by default displayed in.
- Stacked/Tiled: Select how groups of values are displayed, stacked or tiled. Available for line, column, and area layouts.
- Smooth Line: Whether or not to enable the smoothed line layout. Available only for line and area charts.
Color Theme: Select a color theme for the graph. Groups in the graph will be automatically displayed in different colors under the color theme. If the graph has more than 6 groups, some groups will share the same colors.
Group Color: Select any colors for the groups in the graph. If it is a composite graph, select any colors for the source graphs and the percentage line in the composite graph. If it is a Test Execution - Planned vs. Actual graph, select any colors for the Plan and Actual lines. The group or source graph color settings override the color theme setting.
Outer Color: Select a color for the area outside the graph.
Inner Color: Select a color for the inner part of the graph.
Auxiliary: Select colors for positive and negative values in the auxiliary line. Available only when auxiliary line is enabled. For details, see Auxiliary line.
Note: For a pie chart, you can only set the outer color in ALM 15.5.
Available only for composite graphs
Set the opacity for the primary graph and non-primary graphs in a composite graph.
Available only for composite graphs.
Not available for pie charts
Legend Position: Select where the graph legend is displayed.
X-axis label Direction: Select a text direction for the x-axis label.
Date Format: Select a format for the dates in the x-aixs. Available only for graphs whose x-axis values are dates, such as progress and trend graphs.
Available only for bar charts
Visible marks: Whether or not to display marks for each bar. A mark can be number or text.
Marks style: This options works only when Visible marks is enabled. Select one of the following styles:
- Total value: Displays the total number of items in all groups of a bar. Not available for composite graphs.
- Each column (value): Displays the number of items in each group of a bar. If it is a composite graph, it displays the number of all eligible items in each source graph. For details about eligible items, see Composite Graph Data Range.
- Each column (text): Displays the group-by field value of each group. For example, if the graph is grouped by status, the marks for a bar could be "new", "in progress", and "fixed". If it is a composite graph, it displays the name of each source graph.
Marks position: This options works only when Visible marks is enabled. Select where the marks are displayed: on the top, at the bottom, or in the middle of the bar.
Data Alignment tab
Available only for composite graphs that contain source graphs whose x-axis values are dates
Align by time unit
Compare graph data within the same time unit, regardless of their actual dates. This options allows you to compare a graph of one period (e.g. Week 1) with the same period (e.g. Week 1) from other graphs, even when the period may refer to different days for the graphs. The period can be day, week, month, or year.
X-axis Label: Define how the x-axis values are prefixed with. For example, if you enter “Phase”, the x-axis values are "Phase-1", "Phase-2", and so on.
If you want to change the time unit, set the graph’s time resolution in the Configuration tab. For details, see How to configure composite graphs.
X-axis Offset: Move a graph horizontally to adjust where its start point is aligned with other graphs. Click – to move the graph to the left. Click + to move the graph to the right.
Align by actual date Compare graph data based on their actual dates. The x-axis values are the combination of the periods from all graphs. This options allows you to compare graph data of the same date.
(Optional) Minimize the Appearance dialog box to preview your settings.
Some settings do not support preview. You should save the settings to see the effect.
Click the Back to Appearance icon in the bottom-right corner to continue the setting.
- Click OK to save and apply your settings.