Category chart


A Category chart displays category series in columns, which are typically created by analyses such as Scalar and Slice. Category series don’t have a time variable, but instead have category variables, such as countries. The x-axis of a category chart, therefore, displays the categories of the series in the chart.



Chart elements:

  1. Graph
  2. Main title
  3. Graph area
  4. Value axis (y-axis)
  5. Source text
  6. Chart background
  7. Category axis (x-axis)
  8. Legend

To edit any one of these components, click on it, and the available options will appear at the top of the window, under the presentation properties tab.

Category axis settings

Clicking on the x-axis gives you a variety of options under presentation properties. Here are a few that are specific to category charts:


In a category chart, scale adjusts what categories are displayed on the chart. Instead of typing dates into the display range, you should type absolute or relative index values such as #1 or -1. If you select start at shortest or end at shortest, the display range of the chart will be adjusted based on the categories for which all series have values (if the chart includes more than one series).


Here you can edit the way the scale is labelled.

The order of the categories on the x-axis depends on the analysis that produced the series. Unchecking automatic will allow you to use the manual step option, where you can specify the number of visible category labels.

Uncheck show value labels if you want to hide the category labels defined in the scalar or slice analysis.

Uncheck show labels if you want to hide the x-axis labels altogether.