Helpful chart settings

Charts

Changing your chart type in Chartio can dramatically change and enhance your charts. To do this, click the ellipse in the upper right hand corner of your chart and click Edit Settings.

Click Edit Settings by hovering over a chart

Horizontal bar charts

Bar charts are helpful when comparing data across different categories. When dividing your data by ranked or non-continuous groups (basically things other than time) it can be helpful to switch to a “horizontal” bar chart. It’s more natural for Western readers (we’re used to reading lines of different lengths aligned to a left edge), and especially helpful when you have longer labels on your bars.

Make a bar chart horizontal

Rotating labels

Another way to work with long label names is to use angled or rotated labels. This is great for situations when you can’t (or don’t want to) swap the axes of your chart, or when you have long labels on both axes. Angled labels will get harder to read the more they are rotated, so only angle them as much as is needed.

Rotate labels on a bar chart

Stacked and unstacked bar charts

  • Stacked bar charts work best when you want to focus on overall total values, but still want the components to be visible.

    Stacked bar charts

  • Unstacked bar charts allow for an equal comparison of each component.

    Unstacked bar charts

Stacked area charts

Area charts can be stacked or unstacked in Chartio, and when unstacked, information can be hidden behind other layers. To make the data more visible, unclick Stacked (under the General tab) and click Half opacity (under the Series tab).

Unstacked area charts

Percentage scale

Charts with a percentage axis are sometimes called 100% stacked charts and are useful for displaying ratios without focusing on individual values.

Percentage scale to make 100% stacked charts

Donut charts

Pie charts are best used when focusing on static ratios, but you can add more information to the chart by switching it to a “donut” with a total value in the center.

Donuts charts > pie charts


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