The Bar command gives you flexibility in placing individual bars at specific locations on the axis. Vary the color and width of individual bars.

The fill can be based on a color scheme or color ramp.


The Bar command requires just one column of input. That is specified using the Value menu.


Select ‘X Bars’ or ‘Y Bars’. Also, vary the fraction of the width that the bar will span.

You can also select ‘Stairs’ to combine neighboring bars.


Specify a numerical Width for each bar OR use a column to vary the width.


The Where menu allows you to select a column where the bars will be located.

Bar offset

A numerical value to move all the bars by the same increment.

Line Style

Change the color and format of the bar outline.


Vary the starting location of the bar. Can be greater or less than the Value.

Fill with

You can adjust the fill to be:

  • Solid color
  • Pattern
  • Gradient
  • Noise

You can also use a color scheme or color ramp.


Below the fill options, you can specify Labels.

You can customize the Label font relative to the Style settings or change the font entirely. You also have control over the label Placement.


If you add a Legend command, the legend entry will show the fill.

If you don’t want the Bar to be listed in the legend, you can clear the Legend name entry box.

NOTE: If you use a color scheme, the tile will be blank. You can include a color key using a custom legend. For a color ramp, use a color ramp legend.

Error bars

Change the Error bars menu from ‘No bars’ and additional options are shown.

You can specify the error to vary in each direction.

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