Time chart

For elements not mentioned here see: Elements of the chart

Overview

A time chart can display graphs of series as lines or columns. The horizontal axis (x-axis) always displays time and the vertical axis (y-axis) represents the value of the series at each point in time.

A time chart only displays series with the same frequency, i.e. the same number of observations per year. If you work with multiple series that have different original frequencies, their frequencies will be harmonized to a common one.

Settings

 

Chart elements:

  1. Line/Graph
  2. Main title
  3. Graph area
  4. Value axis (y-axis)
  5. Source text
  6. Chart background (outside chart area)
  7. Time 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. For more information see here: Editing text parts of chart

Time axis settings

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

Appearance

Distance

For the chart elements: Title, Axis, Legend and Copyright/Source, controls the distance between the element and the next element in the direction of the chart. For the axes, the setting controls the distance between the tick marks (or axis if there are no tick marks) and the label texts.

Spacing

This controls the space between the rows in the case the labels on the axis are written on two rows.

Labels

Here, you can edit the way the scale is labelled.

The Automatic setting labels the scale with the frequency that allows for the best view. Unchecking it will allow you to use the manual step option, where you can specify another frequency for the axis labels.

Detail limit allows you to choose a date format for the labels.

When Include century is unchecked, it’ll display only the last two digits of each year.

Allow month initials will allow the application to display only the first letter of each month when the 3-letter abbreviation doesn’t fit.

Uncheck Show labels if you want to hide the axis labels altogether.

Scale

In the Scale panel you can adjust the time range displayed on the axis by specifying start and end dates.

End margin specifies the percentage of the chart that will be visible between the end of the graph and the y-axis. If you

Select Start at shortest or end at shortest, the display range of the chart will be adjusted based on the start or end date of the shortest series (if the chart includes more than one series).

For more information about scale please see: Axis & Scale

Value axis settings

Appearance

Tick position

This controls the position of ticks or can turn it off. Next to this setting there is Minor tick marks panel where you can enable additional tick marks.

Distance

This setting controls the distance between the tick marks (or axis if there are no tick marks) and the label texts.

Axis

You can select here which y-axis will be the main - left or right. You can also synchronize them. For more information about it see: Synchronize Axes

Scale

In the scale group you can adjust the value range displayed on the axis by specifying the value. Note that here you have to type in value in its full scale, not a shortened version visible on axis. For more information about scale see: Axis & Scale

Chart settings

These settings can be accessed after clicking outside chart area.

Appearance > Margin

This panel of settings manages the distance between elements on the chart. Indentation defines the minimum distance from the leftmost/rightmost side of the chart and the left/right side of the graph area.

Example

Graph samples

In this example we presented available types of charts.