Working with Windows, Plots, and Traces

Learn about specific characteristics of the data analysis types:

See Also

Learn your way around the PLTS display.

Learn about View Settings (Toolbars, Panes, Status)

Note: Before data can be displayed, it must be measured or loaded from a DUT file into PLTS. See File Save and Open

Windows (also known as Views)

A PLTS window contains measurement plots.

There is no PLTS limit to the number of files or windows that can be opened. However, your Operating System probably has limitations.

Opening Windows

The Data Analysis Browser allows you to view available data in one or more Data Analysis types. Selecting a new Data Analysis type from the browser opens up a new window.

Learn about Templates.

Closing Windows

Do one of the following to close a window

The following image shows two tiled windows.


Up to 144 plots can be displayed in each window. The image above shows 16 plots in the left window.

From the parameter tab (shown below), select parameters (traces) to be added to a new or existing plot.

DUT File  Select the data set from which to select and view parameters. The list is populated with data files that are currently open.

Select parameters to display.

Click the down-arrow (next to ALL) to select from the following menu:

Note: After making one of these selections, the button is labeled with your selection. Click the button AGAIN to perform the action.

For Frequency Domain

For Time Domain

For All (available) parameters...

Data Sharing

Data sharing is viewing traces from different data files on the same plot. The traces can be for different parameters, or even different Analysis types.  For example, on the same plot you can view the S11 from one DUT file and TDD22 parameter from a different DUT file.

To share data:

  1. Open more than one data file.
  2. Click parameter buttons to add data to the Active plot.
  3. Or click All Data Sharing to add data from the selected Dut File to all open plots.

Advanced Parameters Selection

Beginning with PLTS 2018, 64 ports are supported.

Multiple parameters can be selected, added, or removed at once using the Select Parameters dialog. Simply click on a single parameter or drag over multiple parameters.

Click the icon next to the Horizontal scroll bar below the parameters to access the Select Parameters dialog.

Red  button - Parameter currently not plotted. Clicking on a single parameter or dragging over multiple parameters will turn the button(s) blue. Clicking on a blue button once more will add the trace(s) to the plot.

Green  button - Parameter currently plotted. Clicking on a single parameter or dragging over multiple parameters will turn the button(s) blue. Clicking on a blue button once more will remove the trace(s) from the plot. The dialog above shows an S11 parameter.

Blue  button - Parameter(s) to be either added or removed from a plot.

Enter parameter names: (DUT ports must be greater than 4) - Enter each parameter name in the text box separated by a comma. Traces are plotted after clicking the Add button or pressing the Enter key. Save the parameter names by clicking on the Save button or load an existing parameter name text file (*.txt) using the Load button.

Clicking on the button accesses a list of shortcut keys:

New Plot(s) - Select to display the trace(s) in a new plot.

New Trace(s) - Select to add the trace(s) to the active window and plot.

On One New Plot - Select to add the paramter(s) shown in the Enter parameter names text box to a single plot.

Viewing Plots

Re-ordering Plots

Starting with PLTS2016, plots can be re-ordered using the mouse to drag and drop them to a new location on the PLTS screen.

  1. In the Plot toolbar, click on the Re-order icon .
  2. Click on the plot to move then drag and drop it in the new location.


A single plot may include up to 36 traces (previously 16). The above image (View Plots) shows all four reflection parameters of a 4-port measurement.

Note: You can view traces from different DUT files on the same plot.

To add new traces to a plot:

  1. Select the plot in which to add traces.

  2. On the Parameter Format Selection tab, select New Trace.

  3. On the same tab, select either the S-parameter or formula icon.

  4. On the same tab, select the Dut File for the trace to be added.

  5. Click the parameters you wish to add.

Tip  The keyboard up / down arrows, or mouse scroll wheel, can be used to scroll through the traces or markers. Each trace or marker is highlighted in order.

Remove a Trace from a Plot

Available ONLY when more than one trace appears in a plot.

To remove a trace from a plot:

  1. Right click on the trace name on right edge of the plot.

  2. Then click Delete Trace.


  1. On the Parameter Format Selection tab, click the depressed parameters you wish to remove.

Renaming Traces

By default, traces are labeled with the parameter name. These names can be changed to text of your choice. Only about the first 25 characters of the name appears on screen.

To rename a trace:

  1. Right click on the trace or on the Name on right edge of the plot.

  2. Then click Rename Traces.

  3. For each trace in the plot, type a new Trace Name and click OK.


Refresh Traces

To refresh traces:

  1. Right click on a plot.

  2. From the menu, select Refresh Traces.


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Added "Enter parameter names" and "On One New Plot" features to Select Parameters description and Refresh Traces


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Added rename trace