Ad Hoc Charts

The following figure illustrates the canvas when creating a chart in the Ad Hoc Editor. You can also see the sliders in the Filters pane:

Ad Hoc Editor’s Chart Layout

Component

Description

Rows area

Drag fields and measures to the Rows area to define the grouping along the horizontal axis. All measures must be in the same area. You can't have measures in the Columns and Row areas at the same time. Right click a measure to change its summary function.

Columns area

Drag fields and measures into the Columns area to add series. All measures must be in the same area. You can't have measures in the Columns and Row areas at the same time. Right click a measure to change its summary function.

Sliders

Drag to set the level of aggregation to use for viewing the data.

Canvas Options

Click to select the Select Chart Type or Chart Format window.

Select Chart Type window

Select Canvas Options to display this dialog. Click to select a chart type; a blue border indicates the current selection. Click and drag to move the dialog; click to close it.

Chart area

A chart’s appearance is determined by the type of chart, the fields selected as measures, and the fields that group the data.

Scale

All measures are plotted against the same scale, which is sometimes confusing. You can use a calculated field to multiply or divide one measure so that its values are closer to those in the other measures in your chart.

Legends

The legend is created when measures are added to the chart. Click one or more legends to hide the associated measures; click again to show them.

Labels

The labels on the horizontal scale indicate the values by which the chart is grouped. If there are too many values in the chart, zoom in or use filters to reduce your data.

Because the nature of a chart is to display summarized data, the data mode menu is not available. Charts always present the full data set, not a sample. This may impact performance when working with large data sets.

Common tasks when working with Ad Hoc charts include:

Zoom

Click and drag or swipe to zoom. Only labels used in the zoom area are displayed, so you can use zoom to simplify your view. The zoom level is not saved when you save a view or report.

Filter a chart

Right-click a field in the Data Selection panel or the layout band and select Create Filter.

Select a measure’s summary function

Right-click the measure’s name in the layout band and select a function from the context menu.

Set the granularity of groups

Use the slider to specify the granularity of groups.

Because charts and crosstabs both work with summarized data, you can sometimes change your chart display by switching to crosstab view and making the correct selection there. For example, you can often change the sort order in a chart by switching the view to crosstab, making the sort selection you want, and then switching back to chart view.

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