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Formatting a Visual in Amazon QuickSight

Use visual formatting to determine if a visual displays a title or a legend. For some visual types, you can also set the range for the X or Y axis to determine the values it starts and ends at.

Use the following table to determine what types of formatting each visual type supports.

Visual Type Hide/Display Visual Title Hide/Display Visual Legend Specify Axis Range
Horizontal bar charts (all) Yes Yes, except for simple bar charts (those that don't have clustering or multiple measures), which don't display a legend Yes, on the X axis
Vertical bar charts (all) Yes Yes, except for simple bar charts (those that don't have clustering or multiple measures), which don't display a legend Yes, on the Y axis
Combo charts (all) Yes Yes, except for simple bar charts (those that don't have clustering, stacking, or multiple measures), which don't display a legend Yes, on the Bars and Lines
Line charts (all) Yes Yes Yes, on the Y axis
Pivot table No No No
Scatter plot Yes Yes Yes, on both the X and Y axes
Tree map Yes Yes No
Pie graph Yes Yes No
Heat map Yes Yes No

Displaying a Visual's Title

Use the following procedure to hide or display the title for a visual. The visual title displays by default.

  1. On the analysis page, select the visual you want to format.

  2. Choose the on-visual menu at the upper-right corner of the visual, and then choose Format visual.

  3. On the Format Visual pane, select or deselect Show title.

  4. Close the Format Visual pane, either by choosing either the X icon in the upper-right corner of the pane, or by choosing the on-visual menu at the upper-right corner of the visual, and then choosing Format visual again.

Displaying the Visual Legend

The visual legend helps you identify what a given visual element represents by mapping the element value to a color. For example, on a line chart, line color might represent store location.

You can use the visual menu to toggle between hiding and displaying the legend. You can use the Format Visual pane to do so as well, and also to choose where on the visual the legend displays. The visual legend displays to the right of the visual by default.

When you move your cursor over the legend, a handle appears that you can use to adjust the width of the legend pane by dragging it wider or narrower.

Changing the Legend Format by Using the Format Visual Pane

Use the following procedure to hide or display the visual title. The visual title displays by default.

  1. On the analysis page, select the visual you want to format.

  2. Choose the on-visual menu at the upper-right corner of the visual, and then choose Format visual.

  3. On the Format Visual pane, expand the Legend section.

  4. Select or deselect Show legend.

  5. For POSITION, choose Right, Bottom, or Top to determine where on the visual the legend displays.

  6. Close the Format Visual pane by either choosing the X icon in the upper-right corner of the pane, or by choosing the on-visual menu at the upper-right corner of the visual, and then choosing Format visual again.

Changing the Legend Format by Using the Visual Menu

Use the following procedure to toggle between showing or hiding the legend by using the visual menu.

  1. On the analysis page, select the visual you want to show or hide the legend for.

  2. Choose the on-visual menu at the upper-right corner of the visual, and then choose Show legend or Hide legend as appropriate.

Changing the Axis Range

You can use the Format Visual pane to set the range for one or both axes of the visual, depending on what is supported by the visual type. By default, the axis range starts at 0 and ends around the highest value for the measure being displayed.

Use the following procedure to set the axis range for a visual.

  1. On the analysis page, select the visual you want to format.

  2. Choose the on-visual menu at the upper-right corner of the visual, and then choose Format visual.

  3. On the Format Visual pane, expand the <X-or-Y>-Axis section. This is the X-Axis section for horizontal bar charts, the Y-Axis section for vertical bar charts and line charts, and both axes are available for scatter plots.

  4. Set the range for the axis by choosing one of the following options:

    • Choose Auto (starting at 0) to have the range start at 0 and end around the highest value for the measure being displayed.

    • Choose Auto (based on data range) to have the range start at the lowest value for the measure being displayed and end around the highest value for the measure being displayed.

    • Choose Custom range to have the range start and end at values that you specify.

      If you choose Custom range, type the start and end values in the fields in that section. Typically, you use integers for the range values. For stacked 100% bar charts, use a decimal value to indicate the percentage you want. For example, if you want the range to be 0–30% instead of 0–100%, type 0 for the start value and .3 for the end value.

  5. Close the Format Visual pane, either by choosing the X icon in the upper-right corner of the pane, or by choosing the on-visual menu at the upper-right corner of the visual, and then choosing Format visual again.