Interacting with graphs

Once a graph has been created, it will exist as a floating window in your ArcMap, ArcGlobe, or ArcScene session. By right-clicking anywhere in the graph window, a context menu can be accessed allowing you to perform various actions. The following table lists the actions available on the context menu:

Graph options



Show the geographic feature or table value that corresponds to the element in the graph you click on.


Open the Print Preview dialog box in preparation for printing the graph.


Create a duplicate graph.

Copy as Graphic

Copy the graph to the Windows Clipboard as an enhanced metafile. It can then be transferred to a graphics application or bitmap editor and incorporated into documents in other applications.

Add to Layout

Add the graph to the current layout in preparation for printing a map.

Learn about working with graphs in layout


Update the graph when either the Properties or Advanced Properties tab has been changed.


Save the graph as a .grf graph file.

Learn about saving a graph


Export a graph in one of several ways. The graph can be exported to a bitmap image or a vector metafile in several different formats. By exporting a graph to its native format, it can be added to other map documents. Alternatively, just the data used in the graph can be exported in several different formats, allowing you to perform different analyses on it or perhaps create a version of the graph in your preferred visualization or illustration software package.

Learn about exporting a graph

Advanced Properties

Enable the advanced properties of the graph. This gives you a fine level of control over all the elements of the graph.


You can alter any of the properties that were initially set in the Graph wizard by selecting the Properties option.

Graph options

Published 6/7/2010