Column Chart

The Column chart is one type of the three different bar graphs that exist, along with the horizontal and the stacked bar graphs. Alike the bar chart, it displays data using rectangular bars; however, for the column chart their orientation is vertical and not horizontal. In both cases, the length of the bar is proportional to the data value it is representing.


Colum charts are the default visualization type in datapine and display data as vertical bars. These charts are a great help to illustrate differences in sectional or timely data. Indeed, they are usually used as a standard when it comes to showing chronological data, and to compare data across various categories.  In column charts, the horizontal axis typically hosts the different categories while the vertical axis shows the values.


In datapine, you can easily calculate the relative distribution of a KPI across different variables using a column chart or use them to put positive and negative values into a context.


column chart example created with datapine


Follow the steps below to create a column chart in datapine


  1. Click on Analyze and open your Chart Creator. Then, add your metrics to What to measure (Y Axis).
  2. Now drag and drop a field to the Dimension (X Axis). It will split up your data set into the different categories that are displayed on the horizontal X Axis.
  3. Finally customize you Column Chart at your wish: on the right side of the screen are the displayed all the Chart Options. Personalize your chart with colors, font style and other formatting options. You can add data labels if you want, show or hide the Y axis, or even show your other metrics on a secondary axis, if the first one is not adapted. This will bring a greater clarity to your graph.