Get Empowered: Review Window and the Processing Method | Tip #17

By May 16, 2017

Tip #17: Peak labeling options within Review and the Report Method

In the last Empower Tip of the Week blog for Empower Software, we explored project level tools within the Review window. This tip will address peak labeling options within Review and the Report Method.

Have you ever had the need to label your peaks with something other than peak name and retention time?

  • Prior to Empower 3 FR3, the choices for labeling peaks were:
    • Peak name or library match name (if you were doing PDA or MS Library searching);
    • Retention time or scan number (if you were working with MS data);
    • Or you could opt for labeling the peaks with peak labels as defined in the processing method.
  • Working with Empower 3 FR3, we can label each peak with up to three different fields including custom fields and assigned mass if we are working with the ACQUITY QDa Detector.

Step 1

We start out in Review with a result. The peaks are labeled with peak name and retention time (Figure 1).

Empower Tip: Labeled peaks | Figure 1

Figure 1

Step 2

Right-click inside of the chromatogram and select properties (Figure 2).

Empower Tip: Select properties | Figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3

Click on the Peak Labels tab to change how the peaks are labeled (Figure 3).

Empower Tip: peak labels | Figure 3

Figure 3

Step 4

Select the desired field from the drop-down list for up to three labels (Figure 4).

Empower Tip: Peak labels drop down | Figure 4

Figure 4

Step 5

Move the peak labels away from the peaks so that they are not obscured (Figure 5).

Empower Tip: Plot properties | Figure 5

Figure 5

Step 6

Click OK to the chromatogram properties.  Now the peaks are labeled with the fields of interest, in this case %Area and USP Tailing (Figure 6).

Empower Tip: Chromatogram properties | Figure 6

Figure 6

Step 7

Now, in the Preview window, looking at the report, you can make a similar change to the chromatogram.  Start by clicking Edit Method in the tool bar (Figure 7).

Step 8

Once inside the report publisher, right-click on the chromatogram and select Chromatogram Properties (Figure 8).

Empower Tip: Chromatogram properties | Figure 8

Figure 8

Step 9

Select the Peak Labels tab and make the same changes (Figure 9).

Empower Tip: Peak labels tab | Figure 9

Figure 9

Step 10

Click Print Preview and we see the peak labels have been added to the report method (Figure 10).

Empower Tip: Peak labels in report method | Figure 10

Figure 10

Final note:

This works in the same way if you use the Pro Interface.


Please rate this Empower Tip of the Week


I get #EmpowerTips in my inbox every week. Don't miss out! Click To Tweet

Next week in Empower Tip #18:
Simplifying Review when working with 2D data


More resources:


Do you want Empower Tips sent to your inbox every week?

Subscribe Now

Questions? Tips of your own? Let us know!

Categories: Empower Tips