Use ribbon charts in Power BI

You can use ribbon charts in Power BI to visualize data, and quickly determine which category of data has the highest rank (largest value). Ribbon charts are effective at showing rank change, with the highest range (value) always displayed on top for each time period. Ribbon charts are available in Power BI Desktop starting with the September 2017 release and in subsequent updates to the Power BI service.

Create a ribbon chart

To create a ribbon chart, select Ribbon chart from the Visualizations panel.

Ribbon charts connect a category of data over the visualized time continuum using ribbons, thereby enabling you to see how a given category ranks throughout the span of the chart's x-axis (usually the timeline).

Format a ribbon chart

When you create a ribbon chart, you have formatting options available in the Format section of the Visualizations pane. The formatting options for ribbon charts are similar to those for a stacked column chart, with additional formatting options that are specific to the ribbons.

These formatting options for ribbon charts let you adjust the following:

  • Spacing lets you adjust how much space appears between ribbons. The number is the percentage of the column's maximum height.
  • Match series color allows you to match the color of the ribbons with the series color. When off, ribbons are gray.
  • Transparency specifies how transparent the ribbons are, with the default set to 30.
  • Border lets you place a dark border on the top and bottom of the ribbons. By default, borders are off.

Next steps

For more information about Power BI Desktop, and how to get started, check out the following articles.