PDF: Column Chart

Add a Column Chart widget to your customized report to show respondents' results at a glance. Column charts are a great way of displaying data because it is easy to compare the columns. 


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With the Column chart, we recommend using rounded numbers. Here's an example of how a column chart could look in your personalized report:


PDF - Column chart example


Learn how to build a column chart in this video, or follow the steps in the guide below.


This guide will cover the following sections:

  1. Setting up the widget
  2. Widget logic rules
  3. Other available widgets


1 Setting up the widget

Start by giving your column chart a widget name and chart title


You need three elements to build your column chart: Dimension Group label, Dimension Labels, and Metrics.

  • Dimension group labels are the names given to the sets of results along the horizontal axis. These could be, for example, different topics of a subject.
  • Dimension labels are the description of each category and are shown in the legend underneath the column chart. These could be "Employee A" and "Average Score"
  • The metrics are the numerical data in each dimension. This would usually be a score, either picked from one of the survey variables, or a set value.


Before we move to the next step, you'll have to decide what type of column chart you would like to use. A single column chart, where you present each respondent's score in a column chart or you can use a multi-column chart to compare scores with a benchmark.


column chart - chart items


1.1 Create a single column chart


PDF Column chart single


If you choose to create a column chart similar to this example, you don't need to create any dimension groups. Instead, you can immediately start with the Dimension Labels and Metrics.


ReportR - column chart settings

  1. Dimension Label - give a name to the column. This name will be shown in the key under the column chart.
  2. Dimension Color - choose the column color by clicking on the pencil. Take care to choose distinctly different colors for each of the columns so the chart will be easy to read.
  3. Dimension Metric - choose where the data for the first column of the chart should be taken from. You can either type in a number or click Variables to access the drop-down menu of variables that you can use. Variables take the data entered during the survey and display it in the chart.
  4. Add dimension - click to add another column and repeat the steps above. To create the graph in the example, we created four dimensions in total.


NOTE

If you change your variable data, you must collect a new response in order to preview your chart.

Tip: You can also add negative values into your dimension metrics as shown below.


dimension metric negative

1.2 Create a multi-column chart


Multi column chart example


Start by adding dimension groups, which correspond to each set of columns.  In our example, we created six dimension groups in total, one for each subject.


Click add group to add the number of dimension groups you need, and label each one.


PDF Column chart dimension groups


Next click add dimension to start creating the axes for your data points. Start your chart by clicking add dimension.


dimension labels and settings

  1. Dimension Label - give a name to the column. This name will be shown in the key under the column chart.
  2. Dimension Color - choose the column color by clicking on the pencil. Take care to choose distinctly different colors for each of the columns so the chart will be easy to read.
  3. Dimension Metric - choose where the data for the first column of the chart should be taken from. You can either type in a number or click Variables to access the drop-down menu of variables that you can use. Variables take the data entered during the survey and display it in the chart. Ideally, you should have as many Dimension Metrics as you have Dimension Groups. In this case, each value stands for a score. The value for Metric 1 matches with Group 1, in this case, Maths. In total, we added four metrics, one for each dimension group (which correspond to a different school subject).
  4. Add dimension - click to add a second data value for each dimension group. You can use this to compare respondent's answers to a benchmark.


Tip: To make advanced design changes to the column chart, use custom CSS.


In the example shown above, the class average was the second data value for each column, and we entered a number rather than a variable. But you can do anything you want!


ReportR column chart - 2nd dimension


NOTE

Make sure the number of dimension groups matches the number of data metrics. Dimension group 1 is the name for all of the columns shown under dimension metric 1 and dimension group 2 is all of dimension metric 2 values.


Now you've set up your column chart, you can also configure the y-axis.


ReportR column chart y-axis

  • Y-Axis scale interval - choose the interval spacing for gridlines marking the vertical axis. Make sure you have a few to make the chart easy to read.
  • Y-Axis max - until which value do you want your y-axis to display? Enter it here.

In our example above, which shows values as percentages, the maximum value is 100, and gridlines are shown at an interval of 20.


1.3 Widget Placement & Size

Choose how you would like to align your column chart widget. You can choose to align it to one side and have explanatory text or another widget on the other side or center it.


PDF COlumn chart placement

  • Left - widget will be aligned to the left side of the page, in a column layout
  • Center - widget will be presented centered across the entire page from the left to the right (full width)
  • Right - widget will be aligned to the right side of the page, in a column layout


If you would like a widget to appear side-by-side the column chart, make sure to set the widget aligned on one side of the page, and the column chart on the other. For example, choose to align the text widget to the left, and align a column chart to the right.


Use the arrows or enter a value for the chart height and width. If you choose to place the column chart on either the left or the right side of the page, the chart will be automatically resized. You can also change the background to be either white or transparent.



WARNING

The max-width of one page is 810 px. To leave some room for spacing the recommended  Width value is around 600 px.


Click the Update preview button to see how the widget you've created looks like


preview widget



Take a look below at some different possibilities.


PDF Column chart placement options


Now if you want to show your column chart to all respondents, you're done! Just make sure to click save PDF and continue adding widgets. Check out section 3 to see all available widgets.


2 Widget logic rules

If you want to only show this widget under certain conditions, it's time to set the widget logic rules. If you want to show a general widget that is visualized every time a PDF report is generated, you can choose not to include a widget logic rule. Learn more about Widget Logic


add widget logic rule


Once you've saved your logic rules, don't forget to save PDF and you're ready to add more widgets!


3 Other available widgets


Why not check out our other widget guides and learn how to add other types of content to your PDF? 

Here is a full list of widgets like text, image, table, and more!

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