Visualizations help you display your data in the format you want. When you add metrics and attributes to your query, Explore automatically displays your query in the most suitable format. However, you can change the chart type your query uses, along with many of the chart's display options.
This article contains the following topics:
Changing your chart type
You can display your results using over 20 chart types in Explore. Explore automatically selects a chart type based on the metrics and attribute you add. You can also select a new chart type in the Visualization type menu () in query builder.
- In the query builder, click the Visualization type menu () in the right sidebar.
- Select a new chart type. For help, see Choosing
the right chart type for your
- Click anywhere outside the menu to close it and return to your query. Your query is displayed as the selected chart type.
Customizing your chart
You can edit the color, text, and interactions of your query from the Chart configuration menu (). This menu contains customization options unique for each chart type. While some customization options apply to all charts, others are visible only for specific chart types.
The following customization options are available for all charts:
- Chart: Edit options specific for individual chart types. The chart type contains options to edit the formatting of your chart. If your chart does not have axes, you can edit text size here.
- Colors: Edit your chart text and result colors. If you are the account owner, you can set the default color in the Admin menu.
- Display format: Change the formatting of your results to percentages, currency, timestamps, or custom formats. See Changing your result format for more information.
- Row selector: If your chart has rows, this lets you edit how the row selector on the left hand side of the chart is displayed.
- Legend: Edit the location, visibility, and colors of your legend.
- Datatips: Display information about your results when a user hovers over a data point (see Working with datatips ).
- Displayed values: Controls the display and format of metric values on your chart.
- Trend line: Add and format a trend line on your charts.
- Applied filters: Show or hide filters from viewers.
- Visualization Selector: Add the Visualization Selector to your chart. This enables users to toggle between different chart types on a dashboard.
- Interactions: Enable or disable interactions (see Turning off dashboard and query interactivity).
- Decompose type: Enables you to slice only selected data points by additional attributes (see Interacting with queries).
- Drill in: Lets you drill into your data in Explore (see Using drill in to refine your queries).
- Explosion: Controls the display and style of exploded charts.
The following customization options are restricted to specific chart types:
- X axis, Y axis, Secondary axes:
Edit axes settings, such as color, visibility, and
label size. You can edit a secondary axes if you add
a metric on a dual axis (see Adding metrics to a
dual axis). Tip: If you want to change the name of the X or Y axis, double-click the axis name in the chart, then enter a new name.
- Columns: Edit the width, visibility, and alignment for table columns. For information on customizing tables, see Customizing tables.
Choosing the right chart type for your data
Choosing the right chart type for your query depends on the information you're trying to convey. This section helps you choose the best visualization for your needs.
Chart types for comparing trends over time
Chart types for displaying workflow
Chart types for comparing categories
Chart types using metrics as axes
Chart types for comparing metrics
While you can compare metrics with all of the chart types, sometimes you might want to view results for only one metric or compare multiple metrics without adding attributes. With the exception of the waterfall chart, these charts work best when comparing one or two metrics.
Chart types for comparing values to total results
If you are analyzing how your individual values equate to the total result, Explore offers visualizations that can help you easily display your data. For example, you can use these charts to evaluate which groups are solving the most tickets or what combination of values is producing the highest numbers.
Other chart types
Although Explore features many visualizations to help you present your query results, sometimes a simple table is the best way to present information.