LABEL MANAGER

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LABEL MANAGER

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Think of the Label Manager as the control panel of your chart. The Label Manager lists the status of every label in your chart giving you maximum control over the placement of each label. Below you will find sections on the following:

Four Categories of Labels in the Label Manager

Label Manager Statuses

Label Manager Display

How to Work with the Label Manager

 

APPLIES TO: ALL CHARTS

FOUR LABEL CATEGORIES IN LABEL MANAGER:

Labels on your chart are broken down into four different types, which correspond to the four different tabs displayed at the bottom of the Label Manager:

1.Series labels - includes all labels pertaining to series data

2.Bar Labels - includes all labels pertaining to X axis, or bars

3.Total Labels - includes both bar total and grand total labels

4.Misc Labels - includes all axis labels, data column/ row labels, average line labels, growth line labels, bar comparison line labels, net line labels, and legend labels

Tip: If there are any unplaced labels in any of the four tab categories, the category name will display as red.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR “STATUS” IN LABEL MANAGER:

The following categories comprise a comprehensive list of all the possible statuses that may display for any given label.

1.Placed - the label is placed as initially drawn on the chart

2.Unplaced - the label does not fit on the chart as initially drawn and does not display on the chart, but is displayed in the Label Manager.

3.Resized - the user has manually changed the font size of the label

4.Edited - the user has manually edited a label (includes Bold, Italic, Underline, font typeface change, font color change, strikeout, double underline, inplace editing, rotation, and slant)

5.Moved - users have the ability to move a label by selecting it with the mouse and dragging it to a new location.  

6.In Other - the label has been placed in an other series. The Label Manager also allows segment labels to have their corresponding segments be added to the series deemed as the “other” series.  A segment label in any state can be added to the other series.  Once a segment is part of the other series (unless it is the other series), its label is no longer displayed and its status becomes “In Other”.  The label manager also provides the affordance to remove a segment from the “other” series.

7.SmartPlaced - the user has taken an unplaced or annotated label and SmartPlaced it on the chart. SmartPlace is a Mekko Graphics technology that intelligently positions a label in its home segment of the chart at the lowest possible font size ensuring it will display on the chart. When a label is SmartPlaced, the label manager first attempts to fit the label in its desired location.  If the label fits, its status becomes placed.  If the label does not fit, progressively smaller fonts are attempted down to the SmartPlace minimum font size parameter, and its status becomes SmartPlaced.  If the label still does not fit, it overlaps its bounding rectangle, and its status remains SmartPlaced.

8.Annotated - the user has chosen to annotate (place a label outside its home segment with a line drawn from the label to its home segment) a label on the chart. The process of annotation involves calculating an alternate position for a label based on the white space that remains after all the placed and SmartPlaced labels have been placed.  An annotated label is then positioned in one of these alternate positions An annotation line, or “flamingo”, is then drawn from the label to its home segment.  If an alternate position can be calculated for this label, the label’s status becomes annotated.  If no alternate position can be calculated, the label remains unplaced.

There are two types of annotation lines in Mekko Graphics.

a.Labels which are annotated from the Label Manager
 
To use them, select unplaced labels in the label manager and select Annotate or Annotate All Unplaced from the right-click menu. Once the option has been selected, the label will change its state to Annotated. In this state the system will automatically respond to any data change by reevaluating the label's position and the appearance of the annotation lines. This is only applicable to Segment labels.

b.Labels that were moved and have an annotation line to their original location
 
To use them, simply move a label away from its base location. The label state is changed to Moved (manual) and not Annotated. When data changes the label will act as a manual label which means no automatic adjustment will be made to it. This option applies to Segment Labels, Bar Labels and Bar Total Labels.

9.  Hidden - the label has been hidden from view on the chart

LABEL MANAGER DISPLAY

You can customize the label manager display to suit your needs.  Each column in the Label Manager is sortable. To sort by a particular column, such as Bar in the example below, click on the title bar for that column. The image560 indicates that column is a sort key.

Additionally, you can filter by status, which will display only the status filtered. Click the down arrow in the Label Manager title bar and choose the status on which you want to filter.

Sometimes a label will have more than one status (for example, a label could be 'resized' and 'moved'). The following list outlines the hierarchy that determines which label to display if more than one action has been applied to a label.  

1. Moved

2. Edited

3. Resized

4. SmartPlaced/Annotated. (These are mutually exclusive)

5. Placed

For example, if a label is resized and moved, the Label Manager will display “Moved” in status field. If the label is SmartPlaced and Edited, the Label Manager will display “Edited”.

If a label is “Hidden”, “In Other” or “Unplaced” that status will display regardless of any previous actions that might have been performed on that label.

HOW TO WORK WITH THE LABEL MANAGER

You can select any label you see listed in the label manager. Click on the appropriate tab to select a label or multiple labels (though control-click). There is a rich right-click functionality through the Label Manager. You can right click on a label and all applicable actions for that label can be selected.

Below is a table which outlines all the possible actions for each label state, and their possible resulting state.

Initial Label State

Possible Operation

Resulting Label State

Placed

Edit

Move

Add to Other

Restore

Hide

Edited

Moved

In Other

Placed or Unplaced

Hidden

Unplaced

Move

SmartPlace

Add to Other

Annotate

Restore

Moved

SmartPlaced

In Other

Placed, annotated, or unplaced

Placed or Unplaced

SmartPlaced

Edit

Move

Add to Other

Annotate

Restore

Hide

Edited

Moved

In Other

Placed, Annotated, or Unplaced

Placed or Unplaced

Hidden

Moved

Edit

Move

SmartPlace

Add to Other

Annotate

Restore

Hide

Moved

Moved

SmartPlaced

In Other

Placed, Annotated, or Unplaced

Placed or Unplaced

Hidden

In Other

Remove from Other

Placed or Unplaced

Annotated

Edit

Move

SmartPlace

Add to Other

Restore

Edited

Moved

SmartPlaced or Placed

In Other

Placed or Unplaced