Area chart reference
An area chart chart is a variation on the line or time series chart. It uses shaded areas under the plotted lines on the graph to indicate the volume of data represented by the lines. Like a time series, area charts are useful for seeing how your data trends over time.In this article:
Area charts in Data Studio
Area charts let you visualize a single dimension (the breakdown dimension) and a single metric, plotted over time.
Area chart example
The example below shows 2 area charts. Both charts show sales data from a fictional pet store. The chart on the left shows sales of items by category (contained in a Product Category dimension). This dimension has 3 values: Bird, Dog, and Cat.
The chart on the right shows sales of individual products (contained in an Item dimension).
The metric In both charts is quantity sold (called Qty Sold in the data source).
These examples show 2 different styles of area chart. The left one is stacked: the series values appear in layers, building one atop the other. The right is unstacked: each series starts at the same baseline.
Area chart example showing stacked series on the left, and unstacked series on the right.
Area chart DATA tab properties
A data source provides the connection between the component and the underlying data set. Components in Data Studio currently can connect to a single data source.
|Date Range Dimension||(Required) The Date Range Dimension is used as the basis for limiting the date range of the chart. For example, this is the dimension used if you set a date range property for the chart, or if a viewer of the report uses a date range control to limit the time frame.|
Dimensions provide the data series for your chart.
|Any available time dimension||A time dimension provides a time-based X-axis for your chart. The data in this dimension determines the interval of the time series. The time dimension can be the same dimension as the Date Range Dimension, or it can be a separate dimension. For example, you can use a date dimension with YYYYMMDD format as the Date Range Dimension, but then use a different dimension segmented into calendar quarters as the X-axis dimension in your chart.|
|Dimension||Any available dimension|
Metrics provide the numeric scale and data series for the chart.
You can display a single metric in an area chart.
Default Date Range
The default date range property lets you set a timeframe for an individual chart. Learn more about working with dates and time.
|Auto||Use the default date range determined by the chart's data source.|
|Custom||Lets you use the calendar widget to select a custom date range for the chart.|
|Date compare type||Displays comparison data for the selected time period.|
The filter property restricts the data displayed in the component by including or excluding the values you specify. Learn more about the filter property.
|Filter name||Click an existing filter to edit it. Mouse over the filter name and click X to delete it.|
|+Add a filter||Creates a new filter for the chart.|
Area chart STYLE tab properties
This section controls the overall appearance and layout of your chart.
|Show Stack||Stacks the data series.|
|100% Stacking||When checked, stacked charts show the contribution of each data series to 100% of the total value.|
|Show Cumulative||When checked, data series are summed over time. Otherwise, the data is shown with no additional aggregation.|
|Show points||Displays individual data points. Viewers can mouse over a data point to display its value.|
|Compact Numbers||Rounds numbers and displays the unit indicator. E.g., 553,939 becomes 553.9K.|
|Show data labels||Displays individual values for the data points in the series.|
|Decimal Precision||Sets the number of decimal places in metric values.|
|Number of series||Determines the number of secondary dimension series shown in the chart. If the number of series selected is less than the number of series in your data, only the top N series will be shown (where N equals the number of series you've selected). Remaining series will be grouped in an "other" category.|
This section controls how your data is colored. Learn more about coloring your data.
These options appear when you have a secondary (breakdown) dimension in your chart.
|Series order||Use the current theme to color the data according to its position in the chart. This option emphasizes the ranking of the data over the identity of the data.|
Colors each dimension value in the chart with the color specified in the dimension value color map. This option ensures that your data uses color consistently, regardless of the position of that data in the chart.
This option appears when your time dimension is missing data. Data Studio offers 3 ways of dealing with this situation.
Note: this option has no effect on bar series. The Line to Zero option will affect a trendline, however.
|Line to Zero||When you select this option, a line series will drop to zero for the missing dates. This is the default option.|
|Line Breaks||When this option is selected, missing data appears as breaks in the data series.|
|Linear Interpolation||When this option is selected, Data Studio will continue the series by connecting the data points on either side of the missing data.|
These options determine the placement of the chart legend.
|None||No legend appears|
|Right||Legend appears on the right.|
|Bottom||Legend appears on the bottom.|
|Top||Legend appears on the top.|
|Alignment||Sets the alignment of the legend relative to the selected position.|
|Max lines||Sets the number of lines used by the legend. If the number of series requires more lines, overflow items can be displayed by clicking the < and > arrows.|
These options control the display of the chart axes titles and scales. A right Y-axis section appears when you have more than 1 metric in your chart.
|Show axes||Shows or hides the chart axes.|
|Reverse Y-Axis direction||Controls the vertical display of the Y-axis.|
|Reverse X-Axis direction||Controls the horizontal display of the X-axis.|
|Show axis title||Shows or hides the axis labels.|
|Axis min and max||Set minimum and maximum values for the Y-axes.|
|Custom tick interval||Controls the interval between axis ticks.|
|Log scale||Makes the Y-axis scale logarithmic.l|
These options control the look of the chart grid.
|Axis color||Sets the color of the x-axis line.|
|Grid color||Sets the color of the grid lines.|
|Chart background||Sets the color of the chart background.|
|Chart border color||Sets the color of the inner chart border.|
Background and Border
These options control the appearance of the chart background container.
|Background||Sets the chart background color.|
|Border Radius||Adds rounded borders to the chart background. When the radius is 0, the background shape has 90° corners. Border radius of 100° produces a circular shape.|
|Opacity||Sets the chart's opacity. 100% opacity completely hides objects behind the chart. 0% opacity makes the chart invisible.|
|Border Color||Sets the chart border color.|
|Border Weight||Sets the chart border line thickness.|
|Border Style||Sets the chart border line style.|
|Add border shadow||Adds a shadow to the chart lower and right borders.|