Customizing your column chart

This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to create column chart as seen below. Choose  column chart after uploading your data to work on its appearance. Let us show you how to make a beautiful chart in three simple steps.

Please note that this specific guide refers to the "old" column chart, which features automatic creation of tabs. 

1. Refine

The column chart is very closely related to the bar chart. Instead of showing horizontal bars, this chart shows vertical columns. It is a very simple visual display of a table consisting of

  • one column containing labels
  • one columns containg measures

The beauty of the column chart is, however, that you can show measures of multiple dimensions, simply by adding additional columns to your dataset. Datawrapper will automtically create tabs so that the reader can easily switch between the graphical representation of each column. As a result, you can create highly interactive column charts that contain a lot of data without abandoning the simplcity of a column chart.

There are various options to choose from. You can adjust the base color, resort the bars, and use different colors for negative values. For increased comparability, you can use the same scale for all columns. In this case Datawrapper doesn't need any additional input. Let's go to the next step.

2. Annotate

In this tab you can edit the  titledescription (sub-title), and add notes. Make your data accessible and explorable by stating the source name and providing its URL. For this example, we want to highlight the most important element of your chart. Check out the GIF below to see the difference this makes!

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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