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You can now define your default chart style as either No Shading or Multicolor.  By selecting this as the default chart style, all new charts created with Mekko Graphics will have that chart style set as the default.


You can define your pattern style for your charts as either No Patterns or Patterns.

No Patterns - No patterns will ever automatically draw for series or segments. Solid colors will appear according to the draw order and will repeat from the beginning if there are more series than colors in your draw order.

Patterns - Patterns of colors will appear if there are more series than colors in your draw order.


You can control whether your colors appear according to your defined multicolor palette before you sort your series, or apply your multicolor palette after you sort your series. You can sort

By Series Before Sort - the multicolor draw order is applied before the sort is applied.

By Series After Sort - the multicolor draw order is applied after the sort is applied.

By Bars - the multicolor draw order is applied by bar, so every segment in a bar is the same color.

By Segments - each segment inherits a unique color according the multicolor draw order.



You can designate whether Mekko Graphics draws segment borders on charts by default.



Title Position:
You may choose the orientation of your Y axis title label: horizontal, vertical or top tick aligned (meaning left aligned to the top tick mark on the Y axis).

You have the option to choose whether your scale values will appear for all labels on the Y axis or simply for the top label on your Y axis.



Use Blank Series/Bars Names:
If Use Blank Series/Bars Names is unchecked, a series/bar will not appear on the chart if the series/bar label is blank.  If the Use Blank Series/Bars Names is checked, the series/bar will appear on the chart whether the series/bar name is blank or not.

Place All Labels:
You have the option to display all the labels in your chart (no labels will be unplaced). Labels that would typically not fit in your chart will smartplace at the smartplace font size you have defined in the Preference Manager.



Auto (System Settings):
Checking this checkbox will inherit the computer's regional settings for number format.
Negative Number Format:
You have 5 options to choose for the display of negative numbers in your chart. These are Dash Before, Parentheses, Dash After, Dash Before with Space, and Dash After with Space. Indicate your choice by selecting your desired option from the drop down menu.

Decimal Separator:
Choose the symbol you would like to designate as a decimal separator.

Thousand Separator:
Choose the symbol you would like to designate as a thousand separator.



Customize the line width of the X and Y axis for all newly created charts.

Chart Border:
Customize the line width of chart borders for those charts with borders (e.g. bar mekko)

Segment Border:
Customize the line width of segment borders for all newly created charts.



Choose a default font typeface for Latin and Asian text. Choosing the Auto checkbox will inherit your default PPT theme font. Click the Enable checkbox to enable Asian font and click Rotate Japanese characters if you wish to allow rotated Japanese character orientation.



The font section allows the user to set the maximum, minimum, and minimum SmartPlace font sizes for all labels on your charts.

The maximum font size is the maximum size any label can automatically place on your chart. The minimum font size is the minimum size any label will place on your chart, and the Minimum SmartPlace font size is the minimum size a smartplaced label will place on your chart.

For example, if you want more labels to place out of the box on your chart, you may wish to lower the minimum font size. If you don't want large labels on your chart, reduce the maximum font size. Feel free to play with these values to see what works best for the types of charts you wish to create.

If you wish to restore the default settings for font size, click Rest ore Font Sizes.

You can choose the region from the pre-loaded drop-down list and Mekko Graphics will automatically reset your Preference Manager settings for that region. You may also overwrite those settings by choosing the Customized radio button and creating a custom definition for your region. Customized settings in this tab are saved for each region.


Now you have much greater control over the margins in your chart, and you can now set those default margins using the Preference Manager. Need extra room for multiple data rows, or a narrower left margin? Or a horizontal legend? Create the look that best fits your needs. You have to option to adjust your default margin settings for all of your various chart elements.



Normal - sets the chart layout to accommodate normal margins, accommodating ample space for the use of legends, data columns and data rows.

Narrow - sets the chart layout to accommodate narrow margins, allowing more space for bars and series.


Restore All Defaults:
restores all the Mekko Graphics settings to their default values.

Load from File:
loads Preference Manager settings from any Mekko Graphics structured XML file, from any location you wish. Use this if you wish to load Mekko Graphics preferences by other users.

Save to File:
saves your preferences to a Mekko Graphics XML file and allows you select both the folder and filename for the file. You can save an unlimited number of Mekko Graphics XML files.