Visualization types in Power BI

Power BI visualizations

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List of visualizations available in Power BI

All of these visualizations can be added to Power BI reports, specified in Q&A, and pinned to dashboards.

Area charts: Basic (Layered) and Stacked

area charts

Tip

The Basic Area chart is based on the line chart with the area between the axis and line filled in.

For more information, see Basic Area chart.

Bar and column charts

bar chart

column chart

Tip

Bar charts are the standard for looking at a specific value across different categories.

Cards: Multi row

multi row card

Cards: Single number

number card

For more information, see Create a Card (big number tile).

Combo charts

combo charts

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A Combo chart combines a column chart and a line chart. Choose from Line and Stacked Column and Line and Clustered Column.

For more information, see Combo charts in Power BI.

Doughnut charts

doughnut chart

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Doughnut charts are similar to Pie charts. They show the relationship of parts to a whole.

For more information, see Doughnut charts in Power BI.

Funnel charts

funnel chart

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Funnels help visualize a process that has stages and items flow sequentially from one stage to the next. Use a funnel when there is a sequential flow between stages, such as a sales process that starts with leads and ends with purchase fulfillment.

For more information, see Funnel Charts in Power BI.

Gauge charts

radial gauge chart

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Displays current status in the context of a goal.

For more information, see Gauge Charts in Power BI.

Key influencers chart

key influencer

A key influencer chart displays the major contributors to a selected result or value.

For more information, see Key influencer charts in Power BI

KPIs

KPI chart

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Displays progress toward a measurable goal.

For more information, see KPIs in Power BI.

Line charts

line chart

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Emphasize the overall shape of an entire series of values, usually over time.

Maps: Basic maps

Basic map

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Used to associate both categorical and quantitative information with spatial locations.

For more information, see Tips and tricks for map visuals.

Maps: ArcGIS maps

ArcGIS map

For more information, see ArcGIS maps in Power BI.

Maps: Filled maps (Choropleth)

filled map

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The more intense the color, the larger the value.

For more information, see Filled Maps in Power BI.

Maps: Shape maps

shape map of Texas

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Compares regions by color.

For more information, see Shape Maps in Power BI.

Matrix

matrix

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A table supports two dimensions, but a matrix makes it easier to display data meaningfully across multiple dimensions -- it supports a stepped layout. The matrix automatically aggregates the data and enables drill down.

For more information, see Matrix visuals in Power BI.

Pie charts

pie charts

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Pie charts show the relationship of parts to a whole.

R script visuals

R visuals

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Visuals created with R scripts, commonly called R visuals, can present advanced data shaping and analytics such as forecasting, using the rich analytics and visualization power of R. R visuals can be created in Power BI Desktop and published to the Power BI service.

For more information, see R visuals in Power BI.

Ribbon chart

ribbon chart

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Ribbon charts show which data category 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.

For more information, see Ribbon charts in Power BI.

Scatter and Bubble charts

bubble chart

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Display relationships between 2 (scatter) or 3 (bubble) quantitative measures -- whether or not, in which order, etc.

For more information, see Scatter charts in Power BI.

Scatter-high density

high density scatter chart

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Too many data points on a visual can bog it down, so a sophisticated sampling algorithm is used to ensure the accuracy of the visualization.

For more information, see High Density Scatter charts in Power BI.

Slicers

slicer

For more information, see Slicers in Power BI.

Standalone images

standalone image visual

For more information, see Add an image widget to a dashboard.

Tables

table visual

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Work well with quantitative comparisons among items where there are many categories.

For more information, see Working with tables in Power BI.

Treemaps

treemap

For more information, see Treemaps in Power BI.

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Are charts of colored rectangles, with size representing value. They can be hierarchical, with rectangles nested within the main rectangles.

Waterfall charts

waterfall chart

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Waterfall charts show a running total as values are added or subtracted.

For more information, see Waterfall charts in Power BI.

Tell Q&A which visualization to use

When typing natural language queries with Power BI Q&A, you can specify the visualization type in your query. For example:

"sales by state as a treemap"

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