Customizing your Multiple Pies chart

Once you have uploaded your dataset into Datawrapper and selected the Multiple Pies chart, you can customize its appearance in step 3: Visualize: 



In the "Refine" tab, you'll see some options in four groups: Pie slices, Labels, Color key and Grouping. Let's go through all four groups, step by step:

  • Slice color: Click on "customize colors" and then select each element to give each slice a specific color. 
  • Pie size: You can decide how much margin your pies should have to all sides with this setting. 
  • Minimum grid column width: With adjusting the minimum grid column width, you decide how wide each column is going to be. The greater it is, the fewer pies will fit in side by side. Hint: Make sure to check the appearance of your pies in the mobile version, too.
  • Sort by: By default, the slices in your pies are sorted from largest to smallest value (the first pie will be the benchmark for that. So all pies will be ordered like your first pie, even if the first pie slice is only the largest pie slice in this first pie). Even if your original values are not sorted, the final multiple pie chart is. You can click on "keep order" if you want to have your pie slices sorted according to your original values.

  • Number format: This dropdown menu has multiple options. They will be especially important in case your numbers are very "long" (e.g. 1,992,394 or 0.4239291) and you want to display them abbreviated (e.g. 1.9m or 0.424). Choose e.g. "123.4k" to turn 1,992,394 into 1.9m. 
  • Convert values to percentages: You can upload absolute relative or absolute numbers to Datawrapper to create a pie chart. In case you uploaded absolute numbers (like we did for the chart above) and want to show percentages, make sure to enable this option. 
  • Show inside values: Here you can decide if you want to display the pie slice values directly in the pie slices.
  • Show value below each pie: If you turn this feature on, you'll have two options: You can display the sum of all pie slice values (if you uploaded relative numbers, that number should be 100%). Or you can decide to emphasize the value of one pie slice within each pie, with choosing "Show single". 

  • Position: You can decide if your color key should be at the top, bottom, left or right of your chart.
  • Stack labels: Instead of listing the pie slice names next to each, you can stack these labels. That's only possible if "position" is either "top" or "bottom". 

The last group in the Refine tab is "Grouping". If you upload more than five pie slices, the smallest pie slices will be automatically grouped in one slice with a label. Here you can define that maximum number of slices, and what that slice label should be.



In the Annotate tab, you're first asked to give your visualization a title, description, notes, source, byline, and an alternative description for screen readers. You can find a detailed explanation of all these Annotate options here.

Highlight element

In the 2nd panel in the "Annotate" tab, we can emphasize certain pie slices. All the other pie slices will then tone down in their color. To remove added elements, click on the little "x" left of the text in the blue button:



In the Layout tab, you can select an output locale, change the design theme and footer options, and enable social sharing. Find a detailed explanation of all the Layout options here.



In the final step 4: Publish & Embed, you have the option to publish the chart either by sharing the URL or by copying the embed code directly on your website or CMS (recommended). You can also download your chart as a PNG (available to all users regardless of the type of subscription plan they have) or as a SVG or PDF (available only to users of Custom and Enterprise plan). For more information on the different pricing plans, click here.