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How can I add a box around my graph in Grapher?

There are two methods you can use to create a box around your graph. Which method you use depends on where you want the box to be located. Both methods are described below.

 

Method 1: Add a graph background:

The first method uses a graph background to add a box right at the edges of the axes. To add the graph background:

  1. Click on the Graph 1 in the Object Manager to select the graph.
  2. In the Property Manager, click on the Backgroundtab.
  3. Change the Style in the Background Line section to a solid line.
  4. Change the Color in the Background Line section, if desired. The line is now displayed at the edge of the graph.

A bar chart in Grapher displayed with a graph background.
This graph shows bar charts and a graph background line.

 

If you want the box filled, after the above steps:

  1. Click the + next to Background Fill.
  2. Change the Pattern to the desired fill pattern.
  3. Change the Foreground color to the desired color.

Grapher bar chart with filled graph background. This graph shows bar charts and a filled graph background.

 

Method 2: Draw a rectangle:

This method allows the box to be located whereever you want it to be. To draw a rectangle:

    1. Click the Draw | Rectangle command in the ribbon.
    2. Click on the top left corner where the box should be located.
    3. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the rectangle to the desired size.
    4. Release the left mouse button and the rectangle is added.
    5. Press ESC on the keyboard to end drawing mode.

Grapher bar chart with rectangle box around graph. This graph shows bar charts and a drawn rectangle around the graph.

 

To change the line or fill properties, click on the Rectangle 1 in the Object Manager. If you fill the rectangle, you will likely want to click the Arrange | Move | To Back command to place it behind the graph.

Grapher bar chart with filled rectangle box around graph. This graph shows bar charts and a filled rectangle around the graph.

 

Updated October 3, 2016

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