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How to Create Chart Step by Step

The easiest way to create a Graph is with our graph wizard. We have added multiple options to create a graph with the Graph Wizard toolbox item so we strongly encourage you to give it a try. You can also check the standalone designer that supports even more options and tools for creating graphs than Visual Studio.

If you choose not to use the graph wizard and you want to create graphs by yourself our recommendation is to review Structure and Connecting to Data help articles. Then check out the following table that shows the basic configuration for each chart type:

Chart Series Groups Categories Groups Coordinate Systems Series
Area Name: SG1
Grouping: None or {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: Empty or {expression}
Type: Cartesian
Name: CS1
X axis: CategoryScale
Y axis: NumericalScale
Type: AreaSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
Y: {expression}
Bar Name: SG1
Grouping: None or {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: Empty or {expression}
Type: Cartesian
Name: CS1
X axis: NumericalScale
Y axis: CategoryScale
Type: BarSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
X: {expression}
Column Name: SG1
Grouping: None or {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: Empty or {expression}
Type: Cartesian
Name: CS1
X axis: CategoryScale
Y axis: NumericalScale
Type: BarSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
Y: {expression}
Line Name: SG1
Grouping: None or {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: Empty or {expression}
Type: Cartesian
Name: CS1
X axis: CategoryScale
Y axis: NumericalScale
Type: LineSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
Y: {expression}
Pie Name: SG1
Grouping: None or {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: Empty or {expression}
Type: Polar
Name: CS1
X axis: NumericalScale
Y axis: CategoryScale
Type: BarSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
X: {expression}
Polar Name: SG1
Grouping: None or {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: Empty or {expression}
Type: Polar
Name: CS1
X axis: CategoryScale
Y axis: NumericalScale
Type: BarSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
Y: {expression}
Range Name: SG1
Grouping: None or {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: Empty or {expression}
Type: Cartesian
Name: CS1
X axis: CategoryScale
Y axis: NumericalScale
Type: AreaSeries/BarSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
Y: {expression}
Y0: {expression}
Scatter Name: SG1
Grouping: {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: None
Type: Cartesian
Name: CS1
X axis: NumericalScale
Y axis: NumericalScale
Type: LineSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
LineStyle.Visible: False
X: {expression}
Y: {expression}
Bubble Name: SG1
Grouping: {expression}
Name: CG1
Grouping: None
Type: Cartesian
Name: CS1
X axis: NumericalScale
Y axis: NumericalScale
Type: LineSeries
CoordinateSystem: CS1
SeriesGroup: SG1
CategoryGroup: CG1
LineStyle.Visible: False
X: {expression}
Y: {expression}
Size: {expression}
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