Configure a bar visualization in the Reporting Canvas

Last update: 2023-09-27
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A bar visualization can help you quickly tell a story about your data by highlighting important information using horizontal bars.


Before you begin, you must enroll in the Reporting Canvas beta. For more information, see Reporting Canvas beta: overview.

Configure a bar visualization


All of your changes are saved automatically as you build and edit the blocks in your report.

  1. Begin by adding a visualization block with the Bar visualization type to a report, as explained in Add or edit a visualization block in Reporting Canvas.

  2. Click the Edit visualization icon in the upper-right corner of the visualization, then do any of the following.

    1. On the Settings tab:

      Visualization type

      Switch to a different type of visualization. If you do this, the subsequent options on the menu might change.

      Vertical axis

      Select the data that you want to depict along the vertical left edge, or Y axis of the bar visualization. The visualization compares the items on this axis according to each item on the horizontal axis.

      Horizontal axis

      In the left drop-down menu, select the data that you want to depict along the horizontal, or X axis. The items on this axis display as comparative bars, based on their values.

      In the right drop-down menu, select how you would like the visualization to calculate and display the values along the horizontal axis:

      • Count: The number of values

      • Sum: The total of all values

      • Average: The average of all values

      • Minimum: Only the lowest value

      • Maximum: Only the highest value

      + Add value Add another field that you want to track along the horizontal axis.
    2. On the Data tab:

      Data source (drop-down menu) Change the data source for the visualization to another table on the report canvas.
      Show Data Source Enable this option to show the source table for the visualization on the report canvas, or disable the option to hide it.
  3. Click anywhere outside of the visualization settings menu to close it.

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