TIBCO Cloud™ Spotfire® Business Author User's Guide

Adding annotations

Annotations are text boxes that can be added on top of a visualization. You can annotate on visualizations for various presentation purposes like explaining what is displayed or informing of interesting findings. They can also be used for adding instructions or questions.

About this task

An example is shown below.

An annotation is a part of the visualization. This means that if you move an entire visualization to another position in the analysis, or duplicate it, any added annotations are included. If you export a visualization, you can specify whether to include the annotations.

The position of an annotation can be changed. You simply click the annotation and drag it within the visualization or to another visualization on the page.

Annotations can be hidden. You can either hide them totally or minimize them to icons.


  1. On the menu bar, select Visualizations > New annotation.
    A text box with a toolbar opens on the active visualization.
    Edit annotation
  2. Type text in the box.
    As text is added, the box increases vertically.
    Tip: If you want to change the width, place the cursor on the right edge of the box. When the cursor changes, click and drag the edge to resize the box.
  3. On the toolbar, click the colored squares to change the background and text colors.
  4. Click Decrease font size or Increase font size to change the font size.
    The size of the annotation automatically adapts to the new font size.
  5. Click outside the annotation to exit the input mode.
    The text annotation is added.
    Note: If you want to make changes to the annotation, simply click it to access the input mode.