STATISTICA – User Interface

I’m a visual person. Does STATISTICA have a Ribbon like Office 2007 does?

Yes. Application navigation is simpler and more intuitive with the addition of an Office 2007-style ribbon bar. Frequently used functionality is quickly visible, and related functionality is easily found.

user interface ribbon bar

Note that the classic menus/toolbars will continue to be available, and you can switch between the two interfaces at any time.

  • To display the classic menus/toolbars, click Menus on the Quick Access toolbar in the upper-left corner of the ribbon bar.
  • To display the STATISTICA ribbon bar, select Ribbon Bar from the View menu.

How do I access help for a specific dialog?

Quick access to the STATISTICA Electronic Manual (Help) is provided via the question mark button at the right side of the caption bar of most dialog boxes.

user interface help

Click the question mark button or press F1 to display a Help window containing the description of that dialog. Note that when you highlight a menu command, you can press F1 to display its Help window.

Help doesn’t work after I installed Windows Server 2003 SP1 and security updates 896358 and 840315. What can I do?

This Microsoft Windows security update (MS05-026) was intended to reduce security vulnerabilities in HTML Help. However, it interferes with the Help system for network versions of many applications (including the regular network and concurrent network installations of STATISTICA).

Fortunately, Microsoft has also issued instructions on how to correct the problem:

  • Simple solution: Most users can download the file HTMLHelp.reg, just click here to start downloading. This will fix the problem by modifying your Windows registry to allow your PC to access the local intranet.
  • More complex solution: Users with sophisticated security issues should read Microsoft’s article that describes this problem in detail and provides solutions for different situations:

What are microscrolls?

Numerical values in dialogs can be changed by using the microscrolls controls on text boxes. Click the microscrolls to either increment or decrement the last digit. Right-click them to either increment or decrement the next-to-last digit (e.g., clicking the up microscroll increments .15 to .16, then .17, .18, etc., right-clicking the up microscroll increments 0.15 to 0.25, then .35, .45, etc.).

The following example illustrates how the microscrolls can be controlled with the left and right mouse buttons.

user interface microscroll

What are ToolTips?

ToolTips are small “balloon help tips” that are displayed when the mouse pointer is on a toolbar button. ToolTips help you quickly learn the functions of toolbar buttons.

user interface tooltips

You can control the display of the ToolTips for graph objects by toggling the ToolTips on Graph Objects command on the View menu. You can toggle the display of all other types of ToolTips on the Options tab of the Customize dialog (available by selecting Customize from the Tools menu).

Can I automate commonly used procedures or repeat similar tasks in STATISTICA?

Automation facilities in STATISTICA are available via STATISTICA Visual Basic. When you run an analytic procedure (from the Statistics or Data Mining menus) or create a graph (from the Graphs menu), the Visual Basic code corresponding to all design specifications as well as output options that you select are recorded. To display that code, select Create Macro from the Options button drop-down list (available on any analysis or graph dialog), or click the Create Macro toolbar button, or select the particular analysis or graph from the Tools – Macro – Create Analysis/Graph Macro submenu. The code can later be executed repeatedly or edited by changing options, variables, or data files and optionally adding user interfaces, etc.

Programs can also be written using the STATISTICA Visual Basic professional development environment featuring a convenient program editor with a powerful debugger (with breakpoints, etc.), an intuitive dialog painter, and many facilities that aid in efficient code building. To display the SVB editor, select New from the File menu to display the Create New Document dialog, and select the Macro tab.

user interface svb visual basic

Note that Master Macros (logs of multiple analyses) and Keyboard Macros (context sensitive recordings of sequences of keystrokes) are also available.

Also, many procedures and graphs allow you to automatically repeat the same analysis for each of a series of variables (e.g., Design of Experiments uses multiple dependent variables) or each level of a grouping variable (e.g., categorized graphs).

How can I break, stop, or interrupt the current action?

The following facilities are available to stop, break, or interrupt the current action (depending on the operation being performed by STATISTICA):

  • Analysis. Click the Cancel button on the Progress bar to interrupt the task in progress.
  • Brushing (in a graph). Deactivate the brushing tool by clicking the Selection Tool  toolbar button.
  • Printing. Interrupt the printing of spreadsheets, graphs, reports, etc., by clicking the Cancel button in the Print dialog.
  • STATISTICA Visual Basic. You can interrupt SVB programs in several ways. Click the Pause  toolbar button to pause the currently running macro, or click the Reset  toolbar button to stop running (i.e., reset) the current macro. You can also press the ESC key or CTRL+BREAK in order to interrupt the execution of the STATISTICA Visual Basic program.

How can I learn what information is necessary to start an analysis (variables, grouping, codes, options, etc.)?

Click the Help  button or press the F1 key to display the relevant section of the STATISTICA Electronic Manual containing a comprehensive explanation of all options in the current dialog. However, all analysis definition screens in STATISTICA follow the “self-prompting” dialog conventions: The OK button is never dimmed; whenever you are not sure what to select next, simply click OK and STATISTICA proceeds to the next logical step and prompts you for specific input if it is necessary.

How can I find a particular statistical procedure?

If you are not certain where to find a particular procedure within STATISTICA, consult the Statistical Advisor by selecting Statistical Advisor from the Help menu. The Statistical Advisor lists a set of questions about the nature of the research problem and the type of your data. Click the link for the most appropriate answer, and the next topic will be displayed, which will either list more questions or list suggestions of the statistical procedures that appear most relevant and where they are located in the STATISTICA application.

user interface advisor

You can also search for topics in the STATISTICA Electronic Manual (Help) using the Index or Search facilities. Help is always available by pressing the F1 key.

How can I copy/print result summaries?

Located at the top of some results dialogs is a summary box. This box contains relevant summary information for the type of analysis (e.g., descriptive statistics, design attributes, regression results, etc.). Additionally, two buttons are provided with the summary box: a copy button that is used to copy the summary results to the Clipboard and an expand/collapse button that is used to expand (show) or collapse (don’t show) the summary box.

You can copy a portion of the summary results to the Clipboard by selecting the desired text and clicking the copy button. To copy all of the text, click the copy button without selecting any text. You can then paste the text into a STATISTICA Spreadsheet, Report, Graph, or any word processing document (e.g., Microsoft Notepad or Word) for printing.

user interface analysis results 

Note that the copied text retains formatting information (such as font, color, etc.).


How do I select items from multiple-selection lists?

Select items in a multiple-selection list in the following manner:

1. Click on an item to select (highlight) it. Click the OK button in the dialog to accept the selection.

2. Double-click on an item to select it and accept the selection (i.e., close the dialog).

3. In order to select a continuous list of items, (1) hold down the mouse button and drag the cursor over the items that you want to select or (2) select the first item and then while holding down the SHIFT key, click on the last item that you want to select.

In order to select a discontinuous list of items, hold down the CTRL key and click on the desired items.

How do I select items in the workbook tree?

You can select one or more items in the workbook tree using the standard Windows SHIFT+click and CTRL+click conventions to select ranges and discontinuous lists of variables, respectively. Additionally, you can select or deselect tree items using the keyboard navigation keys (e.g., HOME, END, PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN, and arrow keys). You can delete an entire selection by pressing the DELETE key. Pressing the INSERT key will display the Insert Workbook Item dialog for the currently selected item.

Note that only visible items can be selected; therefore, to select the contents of a particular node, you will need to expand the node (by clicking on the plus sign adjacent to the node).

How is the mouse used in other operations?

Besides the standard Windows SHIFT+click and CTRL+click conventions, you can perform the following actions using the mouse:

  • Drag-and-drop. Provides mouse shortcuts for moving, copying, deleting, inserting, and/or extrapolating a block of values in the spreadsheet.

user interface mouse drag

  • Increase/decrease column width. Adjusts the spreadsheet column width by dragging the right column border to the desired width. The variable header automatically expands, and the new width of the column is indicated by a dashed line.

user interface increase decrease
 mouse column width

  • Split scrolling (in spreadsheets). Splits the spreadsheet (i.e., split scrolling) by dragging the split box (the small rectangle at the top of the vertical scrollbar or to the left of the horizontal scrollbar).

user interface mouse split 

  • Variable speed scrolling. Controls the speed at which you scroll (1 line at a time by moving the cursor a short distance away or one page at a time by moving the cursor further away) when you extend a block outside the spreadsheet.
  • Microscrolls. Enable you to increase or decrease the value in a numeric edit field incrementally, by either the last digit (click the up microscroll, e.g., 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, …), or the last digit by a factor of 10 (right-click the up microscroll).

user interface microscrolls

  • Toolbar configuration. Double-click on the space between the buttons of the toolbar to undock the toolbar, allowing you to place it wherever you want. To return the toolbar to a docked setting, double-click in the title bar of the floating toolbar.
  • Reordering items in a list. You can reorder items in a list by selecting one or more items (in a continuous or discontinuous list) and then moving the cursor, which changes to a Vertical Resize, to the desired position.

user interface reorder list

Clicking the mouse will then move the highlighted item(s) to the insertion point.


About statsoftsa

StatSoft, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is now one of the largest global providers of analytic software worldwide. StatSoft is also the largest manufacturer of enterprise-wide quality control and improvement software systems in the world, and the only company capable of supporting its QC products worldwide, with wholly owned subsidiaries in all major markets (StatSoft has 23 full-service offices, on all continents), and its software is available in more than 10 languages.

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