New Data Highlight Tool in Origin 2019

Origin 2019 comes a with nice new feature that allows you to select one or more data points on a graph and have them highlighted not only on that graph but all other graphs in which the same data appears. We call it the Data Highlighter. One primary benefit of the Data Highlighter tool is that it allows you visually isolate the data among multiple graphs and better evaluate the relationship that data has to the other data plotted in the graphs.

Data Highlighter button is on the Tools toolbar that runs vertically along the left side of the Origin workspace (next to Project Explorer).  Once it is enabled:

  • Click on a data point on one graph and the same data point on other graphs is highlighted.
  • The entire row containing the highlighted data is selected in the source worksheet.
  • Other data in the same row is also highlighted in graphs made from that data.
  • Control+click or hold your mouse down and drag to highlight multiple points and select multiple rows in the source worksheet.

Once you are finished using the Data Highlighter, any the data for highlighted points remains selected in the source worksheet. This allows you to:

  • Mask the data.
  • Delete the data.
  • Extract the data via copy-paste.
  • Perform some sort of analysis on the selected data.
  • Data Highlighting is also supported directly from a worksheet using your mouse to select row headers with the Data Highlighter cursor. To highlight multiple rows, simply click and drag. For non-contiguous highlighting,   hold down CTRL key and click on multiple row headers.

Below is an example of the Data Highlighter tool in action:

Data highlighter in action

About Chris Drozdowski

Chris Drozdowski is a Product Support Engineer at OriginLab. He loves to talk to customers and educate them. He particularly relishes diagnosing and solving difficult, edge-case issues. As well, he contributes code to help solve problems or enhance user experience. In his down time at work, he likes to research and write about esoteric product features. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, having fun with C++, working on his aquarium, and exploring craft beers.

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2 Comments on “New Data Highlight Tool in Origin 2019”

  1. Did I miss the release of Origin 2019? The title of the blog says Origin 2019 but the link to Origin 2019 in the blog post just links to the page highlighting new features in Origin 2018…

    1. Hello Ben,

      2019 isn’t released. We will release it in late Oct or early Nov. We started posting some nice features in the upcoming 2019 though.

      Thanks, Snow

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