Customizing the appearance of report graphs - Legacy Reports

You can change the appearance of a table, bar chart, and line chart during the current session. To apply the change to all instances of that report, save the report. You can also change certain defaults.

Procedure

  1. In the Test Navigator, expand the project until you locate the run. Each run begins with the name of the schedule or test, and ends with the date of the run in brackets.
  2. Double-click the run. The default report opens.
  3. Right-click the graph to modify, and then click Customize. The Graphic Configuration window opens.
  4. The controls in the Graphic Configuration window differ depending on the graphic type: bar chart, line chart, or table. For each graphic type, only the applicable controls are displayed. You can adjust the following controls:
    Option Description
    Graphic spans full width Select to force the graphic to use the entire width of the view.
    Sort labels Select to sort the data alphabetically by label (left to right for charts, top to bottom for tables).
    X Label Select to edit the default X axis label (line charts only).
    X Multiplier Select to change the multiplier value for the X axis (line charts only).
    X Min Select to change the minimum value that is displayed on the X axis (line charts only).
    X Max Select to change the maximum value that is displayed on the X axis (line charts only).
    X Sliding Scale Select to see a "window" of data displayed on the X axis. This is useful when viewing results during a test run (line charts only).
    Display Run Time By default Display Run Time is selected so that the time at the start of the test is displayed as zero. Clear to display time in UNIX epoch format (the number of milliseconds since the UNIX epoch on January 1, 1970; line charts only).
    Summary Table Select to collapse the table to summary style. Because this removes column headings, this is useful only for tables where the row label completely describes the corresponding values (tables only).
    Sort Columns Select to sort the columns left to right alphabetically by header label (tables only).
    Invert Table Rows/Columns Select to swap the columns and rows in the table (tables only).
    Y Label Select to edit the default Y axis label (charts only).
    Y Multiplier Select to change the multiplier value for the Y axis (charts only).
    Y Min Select to change the minimum value that is displayed on the Y axis (charts only).
    Y Max Select to change the maximum value that is displayed on the Y axis (charts only).
    Show Legend Clear to disable the chart legend, which matches data labels with the colors or geometric shapes of the displayed data (charts only).
    Use Symbols Select to display symbols at data points; clear to remove symbols (line charts only). Click Window > Preferences > Test > Performance Test Reports > Use symbols on line chart.
    Draw Thick Lines Select to display thick graph lines; clear to display thin graph lines (line charts only).
    Show Time Range Markers Select to display vertical markers between the user load stages of a schedule (line charts only).
    Show Gridlines Select to display vertical grid lines (line charts only).
    Use Thin Bars Select to display graph bars that do not touch; clear to display graph bars that touch (bar charts only). Click Window > Preferences > Test > Performance Test Reports > Use thin bars on bar chart.
    Use 3D Bars Select to enable three-dimensional bars (bar charts only). Click Window > Preferences > Test > Performance Test Reports > Use 3D bars on bar chart and pie chart.
    Height Select to specify the graphic height in pixels (charts only). Note that if you enter a value that is too small, the graphic might not be displayed at all.
    Width Select to specify the graphic width in pixels (charts only). Note that if you enter a value that is too small, the graphic might not be displayed at all.

Example

The scope of the change depends on whether you change one report only, save the report, or change the report preferences. Assume that you want to make bar graphs three dimensional:
  • To change one bar chart for one session, select the report, click Customize, and select Use 3D Bars.
  • To change every instance of a bar chart, select the report, click Customize, select Use 3D Bars, and save the report. For example, if you change the Overall bar chart in the HTTP report and then save it, every Overall bar chart in every HTTP report is changed.
  • Click Window > Preferences > Test > Performance Test Reports > Use 3D bars on bar chart and pie chart.

To return to the default appearance of report graphs, click Window > Preferences > Test > Performance Test Reports, and then click Restore Defaults.

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