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13 helpful (and lucky) JMP scripting tips

Syntax got your tongue? I've compiled 13 JMP Scripting Language tips that I've found handy while learning JSL syntax:

1. Concatenating strings (see Craige Hales' post on this)

places = {"world", "planet", "globe", "Earth"};

statement = "Hello " || places[2] || "!";

The above code creates the string "Hello planet!"

2. Referring to table column names that have special characters

Let's say your table, dt, has a column named "Prob(Pred)" (probability of prediction). If you reference it as


it won't work. You need to use quotes:


3. Referencing a particular file in addin (see PMroz's original solution)

To work with a file contained within your jmpaddin, you should refer to your file as:


4. Changing Text Box font color, size and type

myText = Text Box(statement, <<Font Color("Blue"), <<JustifyText("center"), <<Set Wrap(80), <<Set Font("Segoe UI", 15));


(To center the text in the window, you'll need to add Spacer Boxes on either side of the text in a H List Box -- see tip #12.)

5. Saving a graph/plot in a report as an image (sample data (iris) also seen on discriminant analysis report page)

First, use the point-and-click interface and generate the model you want. After this, click the little red triangle, go to Script > Save Script to Script Window. Don't close your model window yet.

In the new script window, assign the model a name; for example, I can name my discriminant plot discrimGraph:

discrimGraph = Discriminant([...generated code...]);

Make this generated model a report:

report = discrimGraph << report;

Go back to your model window, right-click on the graph or figure you want to save, and go to Edit > Show Tree Structure. This will tell you the name of the object you want to grab (often, the HelpKey will guide you to the right box). Here, I want to grab a Frame Box:

reportBox = report[Frame Box(1)];

Finally, if you want to convert reportBox into an image that you can save:

modelImage = reportBox << getPicture();

You now have a variable name attached to the specific graph or plot that you've generated. If you want to save this as an image to your computer:

modelImage << Save Image("C:\Documents\JMP\myImage.png", png);

Often, PNG images look better, but are larger files.


6. Deselecting all rows in a data table

This one is pretty straightforward; select all rows, and invert the selection. This won't affect row markers.

dt << select all rows;

dt << invert row selection;

7. Building a user interface in JMP -- resizing windows

If you want to resize a window to particular dimensions in pixels (note: this includes the outer frame of the window, not just its contents):

win << Set Window Size(width, height);

8. Setting the background color for a graph or plot

I often needed my white-background plots to blend in with the default gray of the display box:

myGraph[framebox(1)] << Set Background Color({0.97255, 0.97255, 0.97255});

The order for the three arguments is R, G, B; remember to convert your desired RGB values from a 0 - 255 scale to a 0 - 1 scale (divide desired value by 255).

DiscrimBefore  DiscrimAfter

9. Discriminant analysis -- removing biplot rays for clarity

In the point-and-click interface of your model, go to the little red triangle > Canonical Options > Show Biplot Rays. If you want the script for removing the biplot rays, now go to Script > Save Script to Script Window, and you'll see the argument that makes this change is


Show Biplot Rays( 0 ),



10. Building a user interface in JMP -- changing Spacer Box size

Where the first argument is horizontal size, and the second argument is vertical size (both in pixels):

SpacerBox(Size(h, v))

11. Building a user interface in JMP -- auto-resizing spacers

Spacers can auto-adapt in one direction (when window contents change) if you leave out one of the arguments:

SpacerBox(Size(, 1))

12. Building a user interface in JMP -- justifying all boxes in a display tree window

Line Up Box() is your friend. You can use it to align all the given boxes within it:


Line Up Box(

H List Box(Align("center"),


Text Box("Hello, planet!"),



 H List Box(Align("center"),


Button Box("Click me", afterClick()),






13. Scaling/resizing, cropping images

This scales down the image by 50 percent in both dimensions:

myImage << scale(0.5);

This crops the image to the dimensions you want (in pixels):

myImage << crop(left(startingColumn), right(endingColumn), top(startingRow), bottom(endingRow));


I hope these 13 tips will be as lucky for you as they have been for me!

Here are some additional resources that I found very helpful:

  • Manipulating DisplaysDisplays, Display Boxes, and Display Trees
  • JMP Scripting Guide
  • Rows and Row States
  • Character Functions
  • One-page JMP Guides
  • Online JMP Scripting Guide Index
  • One more thing: I'll be presenting a poster at Discovery Summit, so if you have a chance, please stop by!

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    Super User

     Can you expand on point 11 ?


    @David_Burnham, a Spacer Box with no arguments is configured as a stretchable spacer, with initial size=1, min=0, max=30000.  This box will grow and shrink with the window size:




    When a non-zero size is specified, the spacer has fixed size, with size=min=max:




    Tip 11 is pointing out that you can mix the behaviors by omitting one of h or v.  You can also get the same behavior by passing -1 for the missing argument.


    Level II

    Are there functions or messages for increasing the button box font/size?  Thank you in advance. 


    @RBILLC, you can use mouse box to create your own button, where you can control the font size. See Example below.

    Custom Button = Function({text,callbackExpr=Expr(),textSize=0},
    	margin = Max( 5, textSize / 2 ); // guestimate a good left/right margin based on the font size
    		Eval Expr( // to eval the callback expression
    			Border Box( left( 2 ), right( 2 ), top( 2 ), bottom( 2 ), // spacing around the button
    				Mouse Box(
    					Border Box( left( margin ), right( margin ), top(2),bottom(2), Sides( 15 ), 
    						Text Box( text, <<Set Font Size( textSize ) ),
    						<<Set Color( {172,172,172} ),
    						<<Background Color( {238,238,238} )
    					<<Set Track Enable( 1 ),
    					<<Set Track( // function is fired while hovering over the button
    							if( clickpt[1] < 0, // if the mouse has moved away from the button
    								// reset colors to default
    								(this << child) <<Set Color( {172,172,172} ) <<Background Color( {238,238,238} );
    								// if still hovering, set the colors to have a bluish tint
    								// these colors are taken from the Windows 10 buttons
    								(this << child) <<Set Color( {126,180,234} ) <<Background Color( {225,238,252} );
    					<<Set Click Enable( 1 ),
    					<<Set Click( // When the button is clicked
    							// If the event is the pressed event, run the callback expression
    							If( event == "Pressed",
    								Expr( Name Expr( callbackExpr ) )
    New Window( "Example",
    	Custom Button( "Default - Click Me!", Expr( Throw( "You clicked me!" ) ) ),
    	Custom Button( "20 - Click Me!", Expr( Throw( "You clicked me!" ) ), 20 ),
    	Custom Button( "30 - Click Me!", Expr( Throw( "You clicked me!" ) ), 30 )

    Here's a GIF of it in action:

     Custom Button.gif

    Level II

    Thank you that is great, how about also increasing the font size of a ComboxBox? I cannot find any funtions or messages for this in the scripting index or on the forums.