Update interactive elevation profile properties

While the Distance Unit used to label the elevation profile graph axes can be updated on the Create tab of the Exploratory Analysis pane, you can also control other aspects of its appearance on the Properties tab. Changes to these display properties are applied immediately to all open elevation profile graphs.


You can only have one active profile graph window per view. However, if you have multiple views open and each have an elevation profile overlay window, changing the properties updates all appearance elevation profiles.

Global Properties

Global properties affect the display of all existing and future elevation profile graphs. Expand the Global Properties heading to modify the colors used to symbolize the chart, including the background color, the line color, the graph-fill color, and the interactive mouse-position highlight color. At any time, the Restore Defaults button can be used to return all color properties to their default values.

You can also define which elevation profile statistics appear in the chart window. By default, all statistics are shown.


Minimum Elevation

The lowest elevation value in the profile chart.

Average Elevation

The average elevation in the profile chart.

Maximum Elevation

The highest elevation value in the profile chart.

Elevation Change

Two values are shown that help describe the vertical strenuousness of a path:

  • Gain: the cumulative elevation gain along the profile line.
  • Loss: the cumulative elevation loss along the profile line.

Maximum Slope

The steepest section of slope in the profile graph. Note that a profile graph with a single peak or valley will contain a minimum slope of 0, so that value is not shown.

Average Slope

The average slope of the profile graph.

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