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Nov 4, 2015

Hidden features in JMP revealed

JMP users often don’t know that some of the most valuable features in JMP software are unseen. At the opening session of Discovery Summit Europe in Copenhagen, John Sall, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of SAS, revealed hidden JMP features that many may not know are there*.

Here are only a few of his favorite secret features:

  1.  john_sall_plenary_copenhagen.jpegJMP users may not know some of the most valuable features in JMP software. John Sall reveals some of those.Click to reveal invisible menus. You may know that the red triangle on a report gives you a menu of commands for that report. You may not know that a right-click anywhere in the report reveals a menu of the commands found under the red triangle.
  2. Highlight report sections. JMP allows you to highlight sections of your reports using the Tools menu. You can also open the Properties panel — Right-click > Edit > Show Properties — and modify the appearance of sections in a report.
  3. Hover in reports for more details. Hover over points in a graph for more row details.
    You can place images in an expression column and use those images as markers.
    The markers appear as you hover over the graph.
  4. Specify value labels and value ordering for columns. Value labels are displayed in a data table and used in plots and reports. Edit column properties to set these value labels. You can also copy values from one table and use them as value labels (Cols > Column Info > Column Properties > Value Labels). Edit column properties to customize how JMP orders column values in a graph (Cols > Column Info > Column Properties > Value Ordering). Note that JMP checks for common values (e.g., scales or days of the week) and orders them correctly for you — there’s no need to customize these common values.
  5. Drag and drop. The drop zones in Graph Builder are known for making graph creation simple. You may not know that the Tabulate platform also allows easy table creation — just drag and drop variables into the table template. Also, if you run a distribution analysis and want to add an additional variable to the analysis, drag the variable from the columns list into the open distribution analysis and customize.
  6. Hide controls in Graph Builder. After completing a graph, click “Done” in your Graph Builder graph (and in Control Chart Builder) before exporting. This hides the control panel for an uncluttered view of the graph.
  7. Save space. If you have large JMP files, use “Compress Selected Columns” (Cols > Utilities > Compress Selected Columns) to condense numeric columns that contain many small integers. You can also compress a file when saving (and set your preferences to automatically compress files).
  8. Publish to JMP Public, and look for JMP Live. JMP Public is not hidden — it is the public web portal, powered by JMP in the background, that extends reports with such capabilities as Local Data Filter and Column Switcher for real-time recalculation. JMP Live, which will be unveiled in fall 2019, uses the same technology as JMP Public, and allows JMP users to publish and share data privately and securely within an organization.

To see even more buried JMP interface treasures or to watch Sall demonstrate these features, watch the plenary session video here. Try out the uncovered features and include your favorites in your data analysis workflow.

*Note: Demo presented using JMP 14.

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