How to: Change a Chart Type (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

When you first insert a chart into a report, the Select Chart Type dialog appears. If you cancel this dialog, a Column chart type is added by default.

At any point when designing the report, you can change the chart type to something more suitable to the report. It is important to select the correct chart type for your data so that it can be interpreted correctly. You should understand each chart type's characteristics to determine what chart type is best suited for your data. For more information, see Chart Types (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS).

When multiple series are displayed on a chart, you may want to change the chart type of an individual series. You can only change the chart type of an individual series if the chart type is Area, Column, Line, or Scatter. For all other chart types, all series in your chart will be changed to the selected chart type.


You can create and modify report definitions (.rdl) in Report Builder 3.0 and in Report Designer in Business Intelligence Development Studio. Each authoring environment provides different ways to create, open, and save reports and related items. For more information, see Designing Reports in Report Designer and Report Builder 3.0 (SSRS) on the Web at

To change the chart type

  1. In Design view, right-click the chart and then click Change Chart Type.


    When there are multiple series on a chart, you must right-click on the series, not the chart, which you want to change.

  2. In the SelectChart Type dialog box, select a chart type from the list.