Customizing your split bar chart

After uploading data and selecting the chart type split bar chart, you can further enhance the appearance. The goal is to make use of specific features available in Datawrapper to make this split bar chart even better. Let us show you how to make a beautiful chart in three simple steps.

This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to create a split bar chart as seen above.

1. Refine

Under " Customize axes" you can check if your columns and rows are assigned correctly.

  • Tick "First row as label" in "Check & Describe" to make sure that Datawrapper knows where the labels are.
  • The labels determine your dimensions of measures, displayed in front of each line of bars (e.g. "A few times a day)
  • Each column of your dataset is represented by a column of bars. Set "Groups" to labels to create one stack of bars per column of your dataset. Datawrapper will most likely have applied this whole step automatically.

Aside from various sorting, labelling and data range options we leave as a default, we selected  " Color background" to enhance comparability. This adds the light grey bar behind the color bars.

2. Annotate

In this tab you can edit the  titledescription (sub-title) and add notes. Make your data accessible and explorable by providing the source name and providing the URL where you found the data. Optionally, you can highlight a certain element of your chart.

3. Design

In this last step you can select a preset layout and enable social sharing functions to spread your work. Click on " Publish" and you'll be directed to the "Publish & Embed" page.

The best way to use a Datawrapper chart is by embedding it directly in your website. To do that, click the big blue button that says "Embed chart on website". Then, copy & paste the embed code snippet into your website or CMS. You can also download your chart as a PNG or PDF by upgrading to a paid Single or Team account. Click here for more information on the different pricing plans of Datawrapper.

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