Infogram offers you multiple additional settings how you can customize your charts and specify how your data is being displayed.
By default, charts automatically assign axis range starting from 0 to the maximum value. If your data values are very large, it might be hard to compare the differences between elements. Having the axis start from a different value will make the distinctions between elements more obvious. To do that:
❶ Select your chart and expand the Axis & Grid tab in the right sidebar
❷ Enter axis start and/or end values in the fields to limit axis range.
Here you can also add labels for your chart axis and enable or disable grid - vertical and horizontal lines in chart background. Grid can make your data easier to follow, but it can also be distracting. Use grid if the value of each specific data point is important.
Enabling the Fixed grid setting will lock the range of the chart axis based on the largest value in the uploaded dataset. Use this setting if you are comparing the same elements over a period of time and intend to have the user click through all the Tabs above the chart. This way, the increase or decrease of the values will be clearly visible since the axis range will not change. Don’t use this setting if you are comparing different elements in the Tabs or the numbers differ significantly.
If you need to flip chart axis so the lowest values would be at the top, you can do that with a line chart:
❶ Select your chart (one click) and expand the Axis & Grid tab in the right sidebar
❷ Enable the Flip chart option.
Line chart by default treats the top row column as dates. Here you can also enable the Numeric categories setting to treat the values as plain numbers. Note that this setting works with numbers only and not date/time formats.
In case of a line chart - if you have a few data points and would like for your line to have smoother angles, you can enable the Smooth curves option which can be found by expanding the Chart properties tab in the right sidebar. Not to be used if the exact position of your data points is significant.
You can also add/remove dots to the value points of your line. This makes it easier to call attention to specific values, directing viewers to certain bits of information on your interactive charts. With large datasets, points are turned off automatically when the chart area gets overcrowded.
To further customize your chart, you can adjust how values are displayed on your chart's axis by expanding the Data format tab in the right sidebar:
- Prefixes and suffixes will add a symbol or letter before and/or after every axis label.
- Decimal and thousands will recognize the values in the format you specify. These settings can also be fixed in the Infographic settings in your Profile.
- Ticking abbreviate thousands and millions will shorten the numbers on the chart axis and introduce suffixes (k) for thousands and (m) for millions.
The Switch rows and columns setting, as the name suggests, transposes rows with columns so the chart reads the information differently. Useful when you want to switch the X and Y axis or have a different format export.