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Using the Chart Style Tool

OVERVIEW

After you have created an initial chart for your data source, a menu of chart tools appear to the left of the chart canvas (as shown in Figure 1). This article focuses on the Chart Style tool specifically.


Figure 1

The Chart Style tool ( ) lets you quickly and efficiently change the type of chart displayed in the canvas area. This tool groups together families of similar charts to help you identify and select your desired chart type. In addition, you can format the font for the chart title and bar labels as well as customize different aspects of the chart that is displayed on the canvas.

To review the other tools available in the menu, refer to the article Charts 101: Exploring Your Data .

THE CHART STYLE PANE

Select Chart Style to open its pane.  The following options are available (as shown in Figure 2):


Figure 2

  1. List of chart styles that are available for the selected data source.  Common chart styles are grouped together for more convenient identification and selection.
  2. Font: Edit the font typeface, style and alignment for both the chart title and bar labels (as shown in Figures 3 and 4).
  3. If you want to get the default font settings, click Reset to defaults .

    Figure 3

    Figure 4
  4. Settings: This option is available for Bar chart styles since it contains both 'Vertical' and "Horizontal' options along with additional sub-group styles (such as clustered, stacked and more). This option also lets you edit the line thickness and show labels for each bar element (as shown in Figure 5).


Figure 5

The Chart Style tool features dynamic options, meaning that only options that are available for a particular chart style will display. All chart styles offer the Font option to edit the title label. But only some chart styles will have the option to edit the bar labels. And only the 'Bar' chart style offers the option to change settings.

Chart styles are grouped together in the following manner:

Chart Style Group Sub-group

Bars

Bars

  • Plain Bar Chart
  • Clustered Bar Chart
  • Stacked Bar Chart
  • 100% Stacked Bar Chart

Bars: Histogram

Bars: Multiple Metrics

Lines

Line & Bars Trend

Line Trend: Attribute Values

Line Trend: Multiple Metrics

Scatter

Floating Bubbles

Packed Bubbles

Scatter Plot

Map Map: Markers
Map: US Regions
Map: World Countries

Table

Table

All charts

Besides the charts listed above, contains the following:

  • Box Plot
  • Donut
  • KPI
  • Pie
  • Tree Map
  • World Cloud
  • Heat Map
For details about the availability of specific charts for a data source, refer to the appropriate chart article listed under this topic in the Table of Contents.

Configuring Fonts

You can set specific font type, style, and alignment for the chart title and bar labels (if available). To do this, expand the Title or Bar Labels section (as shown in Figure 7):


Figure 7

The typeface available include a basic 'Sans', 'Serif', and 'Mono'. Supported styles include bold, italics and underline. And standard (left, center, right) alignment options are available.

Configuring the Chart Settings

The Bar chart styles provide a Settings option that lets you further refine your selected chart style. The Bar chart styles are further broken out into sub-groups (and listed in the Sub-Group Style ). Figure 8 and Table 2 details the Settings options.

# Description
1 Select orientation for your Bar chart: Vertical or Horizontal .
2 Sub-Group Style: this section is only available for Bar charts; select the specific 'Bar' chart style

3

Style: this section is only available for 'Bar' charts and includes the following options:

  • Thickness: specify the width of the bars
  • Show values:
    • Absolute - select this checkbox if you want to see the exact value.
    • Relative - select this checkbox if you want to see the relative value (in %).
    • Attribute Names - select this checkbox if you want to see the names of the attributes on the chart.