Choosing an appropriate chart type for successfully presenting data will determine how well the data can be interpreted when displayed in a chart form. For example, if your dataset contains a lot of data points relative to the size of the chart, it may be better presented by using an Area, Line, or Scatter chart.
For more information about preparing your data depending on the selected chart type, refer to the article on the structure and elements of the Graph.
Each chart type provides unique characteristics for visualizing datasets. You can use any chart type to display data, but the data will be easier to read when you use a suitable chart type based on what you are required to show in your report.
The following table summarizes the specific chart features that affect the suitability of a chart to a particular dataset. Note that you can also change the chart type after you have created it.
For examples of the described chart types, refer to the sample reports in the local demos located in
|Chart type||Display ratio data||Display stock data||Display linear data||Display multi-value data|