Customize visualization titles, backgrounds, and legends

In this tutorial, you'll learn a few different ways to customize your visualizations. There are so many options for customizing your visualizations. The best way to learn about them all is by exploring the Format pane (select the paint roller icon). To get you started, this article shows you how to customize a visualization title, legend, background, and add a theme.

You can't customize all visualizations. See the complete list of visualizations for details.

Prerequisites

  • The Power BI service or Power BI Desktop

  • Retail Analysis Sample report

Customize visualization titles in reports

To follow along, sign into Power BI Desktop and open the Retail Analysis Sample report.

Note

When you pin a visualization to a dashboard, it becomes a dashboard tile. You can also customize the tiles themselves with new titles and subtitles, hyperlinks, and resized.

  1. Go to the New Stores page of the Retail Analysis Sample report.

  2. Select the Open Store Count by Open Month and Chain clustered column chart.

  3. In the Visualizations pane, select the paint roller icon to reveal the format options.

  4. Select Title to expand that section.

    Screenshot of the Format pane with the paint roller icon called out and an arrow to the Title drop-down.

  5. Move the Title slider to On.

  6. To change the title, enter Store count by month opened in the Title text field.

    Screenshot of the Format pane with the Title text entered.

  7. Change Font color to white and Background color to blue.

    a. Select the drop-down and choose a color from Theme colors, Recent colors, or Custom color.

     ![Screenshot of the Font color and Background color options.](media/power-bi-visualization-customize-title-background-and-legend/power-bi-color.png)
    

    b. Select the drop-down to close the color window.

  8. Increase the text size to 16 pt.

  9. The last customization you'll make to the chart title is to align it in the center of the visualization.

    Screenshot of the Alignment controls with the Center option selected.

    At this point in the tutorial, your clustered column chart title will look something like this:

    Screenshot of the newly configured clustered column chart.

Save the changes you've made and move to the next section.

If you ever need to revert all of the changes, select Revert to default, at the bottom of the Title customization pane.

Screenshot of the Revert to default option.

Customize visualization backgrounds

With the same clustered column chart selected, expand the Background options.

  1. Move the Background slider to On.

  2. Select the drop-down and choose a grey color.

  3. Change Transparency to 74%.

At this point in the tutorial, your clustered column chart background will look something like this:

Screenshot of the clustered column chart with background color updated.

Save the changes you've made and move to the next section.

If you ever need to revert all of the changes, select Revert to default, at the bottom of the Background customization pane.

Customize visualization legends

  1. Open the Overview report page and select the Total Sales Variance by FiscalMonth and District Manager chart.

  2. In the Visualization tab, select the paint roller icon to open the Format pane.

  3. Expand the Legend options:

    Screenshot of the Legend card.

  4. Move the Legend slider to On.

  5. Move the legend to the left side of the visualization.

  6. Add a legend title by toggling Title to On.

  7. Enter Manager in the Legend name field.

  8. Change Color to black.

Save the changes you've made and move to the next section.

If you ever need to revert all of the changes, select Revert to default, at the bottom of the Legend customization pane.

Customize colors using a theme

With report themes you can apply design changes to your entire report, such as using corporate colors, changing icon sets, or applying new default visual formatting. When you apply a report theme, all visuals in your report use the colors and formatting from your selected theme.

To apply a theme to your report, select Switch theme from the menu bar. Choose a theme. The report below uses the Solar theme.

Report using Solar theme of yellows, oranges, and reds

Visualization types that you can customize

Here is a list of the visualizations and the customization options that are available for each:

Visualization Title Background Legend
Area yes yes yes
Bar yes yes yes
Card yes yes n/a
Multi-row Card yes yes n/a
Column yes yes yes
Combo yes yes yes
Donut yes yes yes
Filled map yes yes yes
Funnel yes yes n/a
Gauge yes yes n/a
Key Influencer yes yes n/a
KPI yes yes n/a
Line yes yes yes
Map yes yes yes
Matrix yes yes n/a
Pie yes yes yes
Q&A yes yes n/a
Scatter yes yes yes
Shape yes yes yes
Slicer yes yes n/a
Table yes yes n/a
Textbox no yes n/a
Treemap yes yes yes
Waterfall yes yes yes

Next steps

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