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
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 charts are the standard for looking at a specific value across different categories.
Cards: Multi row
Cards: Single number
For more information, see Create a Card (big number tile).
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 are similar to Pie charts. They show the relationship of parts to a whole.
For more information, see Doughnut charts in Power BI.
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.
Displays current status in the context of a goal.
For more information, see Gauge Charts in Power BI.
Key influencers chart
A key influencer chart displays the major contributors to a selected result or value.
For more information, see Key influencer charts in Power BI
Displays progress toward a measurable goal.
For more information, see KPIs in Power BI.
Emphasize the overall shape of an entire series of values, usually over time.
Maps: Basic maps
Used to associate both categorical and quantitative information with spatial locations.
For more information, see Tips and tricks for map visuals.
Maps: ArcGIS maps
For more information, see ArcGIS maps in Power BI.
Maps: Filled maps (Choropleth)
The more intense the color, the larger the value.
For more information, see Filled Maps in Power BI.
Maps: Shape maps
Compares regions by color.
For more information, see Shape Maps in Power BI.
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 show the relationship of parts to a whole.
Similar to the Q&A experience on dashboards, the Q&A visual lets you ask questions about your data using natural language.
For more information, see Q&A visuals in Power BI.
R script visuals
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 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
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.
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.
For more information, see Slicers in Power BI.
For more information, see Add an image widget to a dashboard.
Work well with quantitative comparisons among items where there are many categories.
For more information, see Working with tables in Power BI.
For more information, see Treemaps in Power BI.
Are charts of colored rectangles, with size representing value. They can be hierarchical, with rectangles nested within the main rectangles.
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"