Tutorial: Add charts to your report

Add data-driven visualizations to your report.

Charts are the heart of Data Studio. In this lesson, you'll add a a pie chart, a bar chart and a geo map to this report. Yay charts!

This article assumes you are using the [Sample] Google Analytics Data data source, as described in the previous article. If you are using a different data source, you may need to select the appropriate dimensions and metrics for each chart.
In this article:

1 Add a pie chart

school icon Use a pie chart to give a general comparison of a small number of metrics or variables. 

Learn more about pie charts.

Pie chart
  1. Click the Pie Chart icon on the toolbar: Pie chart icon
  2. Draw the chart below the time series.
  3. On the right, select the DATA tab of the properties panel. 
  4. Click the Source dimension chip to display the Dimension Picker.
  5. Select the User Type dimension.
  6. Click the STYLE tab on the Properties panel.
  7. Use the donut slider to change the solid shape to a ring shape. Adjust the size until it looks like your favorite breakfast food (glazed, or old-fashioned?) Donut slider
  8. Use the Legend property to position the metric labels under the pie: Label position

Use the Dimension Picker's search box to find dimensions and metrics quickly: Search icon


2 Add a bar chart

school icon Bar charts are great for showing and comparing the magnitude of multiple variables. 

Learn more about bar charts.

Bar chart example
  1. Click the Bar Chart icon from the toolbar: Bar chart icon
  2. Draw the chart next to the pie chart.
  3. Select the DATA tab.
  4. Click the Source dimension to display the Dimension Picker, then change the dimension to Browser.
  5. Click the return arrow: Return arrow icon
  6. Click the Sessions metric and change it to Users.
  7. Select the STYLE tab in the properties panel.
  8. Change the orientation to horizontal: horizontal orientation icon
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the STYLE tab.
  10. Set the border color to gray: Border color icon


3 Add a geo map

school icon Use the geo map chart to see the distribution of sessions (or other metrics) across the world.

For Google Analytics data, Data Studio automatically selects the geographic dimension. If you are using a different data source, be sure it contains a valid geo dimension.

Learn more about geo maps.

Geomap example
  1. Click the Geo Map icon from the toolbar: Geo Map icon
  2. Draw the chart next to the bar chart.
  3. Select Visible Area to change the map's zoom level to a continent or country.
  4. Select the STYLE tab in the properties panel.
  5. Use the color pickers to change the map colors to shades of red (so you can see the world through rose colored glasses):
    Geo map color picker icons

Next step

Congratulations! You've created your first Data Studio report!

If you like, spend some time playing around: add titles, change colors and styles, add more visualizations. When you're ready to move on, the next lesson is waiting for you:

View and share your report

Chart references

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