Workbook Overview

Workbooks are the default way of  managing output. They store each output document (e.g., a Statistica Spreadsheet or Graph, as well as a Microsoft Word or Excel document) as a tab.

Technically speaking, Statistica Workbooks are optimized ActiveX containers that can efficiently handle large numbers of documents. The documents can be organized into hierarchies of folders or document nodes (by default, one is created for each new analysis) using a tree view, in which individual documents, folders, or entire branches of the tree can be flexibly managed.

For example, selections of documents can be extracted (e.g., drag-copied or drag-moved) to the report window, or to the application workspace (i.e., the Statistica application "background" where they are displayed in stand-alone windows). Entire branches can be placed into other workbooks in a variety of ways in order to build a specific folder organization, etc.

Each workbook contains two panels: an Explorer-style navigation tree on the left and a document viewer on the right. The navigation tree (workbook tree) can be split into various nodes that are used to organize files in logical groupings (e.g., all analysis outputs or all macros created for a project). Tabs at the bottom of the document viewer (workbook viewer) are used to easily navigate the children of the currently selected node. You can easily move the tabs to the top, right, or left of the workbook viewer by right-clicking on one of the tabs and selecting a different location from the shortcut menu. One advantage of the side placement of tabs is that multiple rows (rather than one long row) are provided (as shown below). This makes it easy to select the appropriate tab.

Displaying tabs can also be suppressed to save the space. Unlike many Explorer-style navigation and organization applications that only allow folders to have children, the Statistica Workbook allows any item in the tree to have children. For example, you can add a spreadsheet to your workbook, and then add all the graphs produced using the data in the spreadsheet as children to the spreadsheet. A variety of drag-and-drop features and Clipboard procedures are available to aid you in organizing the workbook tree. For more details, see Workbook Drag-and-Drop Features and Workbook Clipboard Features .

The workbook can hold all native Statistica documents including spreadsheets, graphs, reports, and macros. It can handle other types of ActiveX documents as well, including Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, and others. If you want to edit these documents, you can do so using the workbook viewer pane. To edit a Microsoft Word document, double-click on the object in the workbook tree. The Word document opens in the viewer, and the workbook menu bar merges with the Microsoft Word menu bar giving you access to all of the editing features you need. Workbooks can also be used to store all output from a particular analysis.

See the Workbook Index for more details.