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1 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Minitab ® 15 Tips and Tricks

2 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing and Manipulating Data Worksheets Graphics Customizing Minitab Additional Tips

3 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing Excel Files In Minitab, choose File > Open Worksheet

4 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing Excel Files In the File > Open Worksheet dialog, use Options and Preview before opening file

5 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing Excel Files Correctly-formatted sheets open into separate worksheets

6 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing Data from a Database In Minitab, choose File > Query Database (ODBC), select Machine Data Source and then your database Note: Use File > New > Minitab Worksheet to import data into a blank worksheet

7 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing Data from a Database Select the tables and fields that you want to import Select Use rows… to specify a condition statement

8 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tally Individual Variables Use Stat > Tables > Tally Individual Variables to get a list of unique values for a given column Tally will help you easily identify any inconsistencies

9 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Coding and Conversion Tables Use Data > Code > Text to Text if you need to code up to 8 values Use Data > Code > Conversion Table to code any number of text or numeric values To create a conversion table: 1.Use Alt to highlight the column of values > Copy 2.Paste the column into the worksheet 3.Create a column of the new, coded values

10 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. After Data are Coded Now we can create Pareto charts, get Descriptive Statistics, etc. for the downtime reasons

11 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Split and Subset Worksheet Use Data > Split Worksheet to create new worksheets for each unique value in a column Use Data > Subset Worksheet to create a new worksheet based on a condition, brushed rows or specific row numbers

12 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Value Order Value order determines the ordering of variables Right-click on a column and choose Column > Value Order to define an order Speeds displayed in Alphabetical Order (default) Speeds now displayed in a User-Specified Order

13 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Extract from Date/Time Suppose we want to evaluate the variation across the different days of the week Use Data > Extract from Date/Time to record date or time components in a numeric or text column

14 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Change Data Type Suppose you import data and find that a numeric column is incorrectly formatted as text Use Data > Change Data Type > Text to Numeric to change the column format

15 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing and Manipulating Data Worksheets Graphics Customizing Minitab Additional Tips

16 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Formulas in the Worksheet Use Calc > Calculator to assign formulas to columns in the worksheet Columns update when data in the worksheet change

17 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Worksheet and Column Descriptions Right-click on a column and choose Column > Description to add notes for future reference Right-click on to add a Worksheet Description

18 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Worksheet Zooming Use the Control key and your mouse wheel to zoom in and out of the worksheet

19 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Multiple Undo and Redo Use the arrows on the toolbar to undo or redo changes made to cells in the worksheet undoredo

20 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Autofill Use autofill to create patterned data Use the Control key to create repeated patterned data

21 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing and Manipulating Data Worksheets Graphics Customizing Minitab Additional Tips

22 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Split Graph into Panels Right-click on a cluttered graph and choose Panel to reduce the clutter After panelingBefore paneling

23 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Brushing Options We see strength values that are lower than expected and want to do further investigation Right-click > Brush > right-click > Set ID Variables

24 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Brushing Options Brush multiple groups of points using the Shift key The brushing window shows that all lower weld strengths are associated with the third shift

25 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Brushing Options The Data Options button for any Graph or Control Chart allows you to include or exclude data based on brushed rows

26 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Graph Annotation Tools Toolbar Choose Tools > Toolbars to enable the Graph Annotation Tools toolbar The Graph Annotation Tools toolbar is useful for adding text, circles, and arrows to graphs Select Mode Rectangle Line Polyline Text Ellipse Marker Polygon

27 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Graph Editing Toolbar Choose Tools > Toolbars to enable the Graph Editing toolbar The Graph Editing toolbar is useful for editing graphs and obtaining graph coordinates Select List Select Crosshair Add List Zoom Edit Brush Plant Flag Delete

28 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Graph Editing Toolbar examples Use the Add List dropdown to add gridlines, reference lines, subtitles and data labels Use Crosshair mode to explore graphs

29 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. In-Place Graph Editing Double-click on the graph components to change fonts, colors, add a date/time stamp, etc. Right-click on the graph to add titles, gridlines, data labels, etc. Before EditingAfter Editing

30 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Make Similar Graph Use Editor > Make Similar Graph to create a similar graph using different variable(s)

31 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Layout Tool To combine multiple graphs into one window, choose Editor > Layout Tool

32 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Updating Graphs Available for core graphs and Control Charts Right-click on icon in upper left corner to update graph Automatic Updates – sets graph to automatically update anytime data in worksheet change Update Graph – performs one-time update Graph is up-to-date Data used to create graph have changed On-hold, some condition prevents auto-update Graph is up-to-date, but cannot be updated Data used to create graph have changed, and graph cannot be updated Core Graphs and Control ChartsAll Other Graphs

33 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing and Manipulating Data Worksheets Graphics Customizing Minitab Additional Tips

34 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Options Use Tools > Options to set default preferences For example, specify a default file location that Minitab will go to when using File > Open Project

35 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Options > My Footnote To easily keep track of which worksheet was used to create each graph, set a footnote to automatically display the worksheet name

36 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Options > Descriptive Statistics Select the statistics you need when using Stat > Basic Statistics > Display Descriptive Statistics

37 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Options > Capability Analysis Display Benchmark Z’s by default instead of Cp and Pp

38 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Options > Residual Plots Display the Anderson-Darling Normality Test results on normal residual plots for regression, ANOVA and DOE

39 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Exec macros If you need to conduct the same analysis on a regular basis, consider creating an Exec, a type of macro, to easily re-run the same analysis Click to go to the History window and highlight the desired commands

40 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. To save an Exec To save the commands as an Exec, right-click on the highlighted History commands and choose Save As… Save the *.MTB file to your hard-drive

41 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. To run an Exec Run the Exec at any time using File > Other Files > Run an Exec > Select File and browse to your *.MTB

42 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Customize Use Tools > Customize to: Move, add, edit, or delete any item on a toolbar or menu Create a new toolbar or menu Set custom keystrokes for frequently used commands Add a button to call your Exec file

43 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Customize to move or add To move or add toolbar or menu items, choose Tools > Customize and then click and drag

44 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Customize to create new toolbars To create a new toolbar, use the Toolbars tab > New To add functions to a new toolbar, use the items available under the Commands tab

45 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Tools > Customize to create new menus To create a new menu, use the Commands tab > New Menu To add items to a new menu, click and drag the items available under the Commands tab

46 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Creating a Profile To save all of your customizations, create a profile Click to create a new profile Use Tools > Manage Profiles to import or export a profile

47 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Importing and Manipulating Data Worksheets Graphics Customizing Minitab Additional Tips

48 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Using the ReportPad Use the ReportPad to write a report Right-click on a graph and choose Append Graph to Report Right-click on Session output and choose Append Section to Report Click on the toolbar’s to open the ReportPad

49 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Saving and Exporting the ReportPad Save Report As saves the report as a.RTF or.HTML Move to Word Processor moves the ReportPad contents to your default word processor (i.e. cut and paste) Copy to Word Processor copies the ReportPad contents to your default word processor (i.e. copy and paste)

50 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. Help Help includes a glossary, methods and formulas, and examples Access Help from the Help menu, the toolbar, or from the Help button found in every dialog box 1 2 3

51 © 2008 Minitab, Inc. StatGuide StatGuide provides examples and their interpretation Access StatGuide from the Help menu or the toolbar


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