Renewed Report Builder: Bar chart

Add a Bar Chart widget to your customized report to show respondents' results or another data set at a glance. This way you will display your data with rectangular bars.


This graphical representation allows you to show data separated into categories with relative numbers.

This guide will teach you:

  1. Add a bar chart to the page
  2. Setup the chart
  3. Additional settings
  4. Additional buttons

1. Add a bar chart to the page

To add a bar chart widget to the page, all you have to do is click on it and drag and drop it on the page. 

Bar chart- add a Bar chart to the page

If you would like to create columns and split your content into more widgets, then first you would need to select the number of columns you want.

You can find all the different column formats in the layout widgets.

Bar chart- layout widgets

Then you can drag and drop the column widget on your page and add the widget in the column.

Bar chart- add your chart in a column

Once you add the widget a pop-up window will open where you can setup the chart.

2. Setup the chart

Bar chart- chart items

Start by adding a Chart Type, we have the simple and the stacked option. Then it's time to get into the details:
Bar chart- bar chart settings

  1. Dimension name - this is the legend that will be displayed underneath the graph describing what each bar is showing.
  2. Metric name - the name that will be displayed on the left-hand side of the graph, labeling the graph. This name should describe the category the column is displaying, for example, different topics or areas of skills.
  3. Metric color - click on the color selector to choose what color each column should be. You can make all bars the same color, or choose a different shade for each bar.
  4. Metric value - for each column, choose which value should be displayed. Use the drop-down list to select one of the Variables. If you have, for example, created question blocks with questions on 3 different topics, the first metric value might be the score for question block 1.
  5. Add Metric - click here to add another bar to be shown on the graph. Each metric displays one bar on the graph, and you can add as many as you need. If you have made a few question blocks, you may want to add a metric so that a bar will be displayed showing scores achieved for each question block.

If you change your variable data, you must collect a new response in order to preview your graph.


You can also add negative values into your dimension metrics as shown below.

Bar chart- example with negative values

Now you've set up your graph, you can also configure the last settings.

Bar chart- settings

  1. Chart title - This title will be displayed above your chart
  2. Y-Axis scale interval - add a value to determine the spacing of the scale. In the example graph above, the scale interval is set at 20.
  3. Y-Axis max - add the maximum value that should appear at the right-hand end of the scale.
  4. Y-Axis title - this is the label that will be shown immediately under the y-axis.
  5. Set the number of decimal places - choose here whether you want to show data values with any decimal places or none (just set to 0). Keep it simple - more than 2 decimal places may overload the graph with too much data.
  6. Y-Axis gap width - this is the spacing or gap in between the columns. This will adjust the gap width in percentage, and also increase or decrease the bar width.

When you are done click Save and close to save your work and view your chart.

3. Additional settings

Select the widget and then at the right of the screen click on the gear button. The widget list will be replaced by the additional settings.

Bar chart- additional settings

Here you can find the following settings:

  1. ID
  2. Name
  3. Rules
  4. Margins
  5. Background color
  6. Chart settings  

1. ID

This is the ID of the widget.

Bar chart- id

2. Name

You can name your widget in order to identify it easier.

Bar chart- name

3. Rules

You can add your widget logic rules to ensure that your content will be visible only when the conditions are true.

Bar chart- rules

When you click the Edit rule button a new pop-up window will appear.

Bar chart- add logic rules

Select from the dropdown menu the option you want, and then fill in all the required fields. Once you add everything you can click the Submit button.

Bar chart- submit button

Your content will not be displayed on the page anymore, instead of the content you will be able to see the widget logic rules.

Bar chart- rules

If you would like to edit your content again just click on the rule and the widget will expand. To edit the rule you would have to click on the Edit rule in the settings.

Bar chart- edit rule

This is the window where you can delete the rule by clicking on the Delete rule button.

Bar chart- delete rule

4. Margins

Add margins to create space around elements and move them on your page. By default the margins are set to 0, but you can change that anytime and add the margin you prefer.

Bar chart- margins


You can add margins left and right to make your chart smaller. The bigger the margins, the smaller the chart. Note that the margins should be equal, in order for the chart to be centered in the page. 

5. Background color

You can change the background color of this specific widget by clicking the color selector.

Bar chart- background color

Once you click it the background color selector will expand and you will be able to select the color you want or add the color hex.

Bar chart- background color

To save just click Apply color.

6. Chart settings

You can change the default title and label font size if you want. This is very useful if you are placing your chart inside a column, or you adjust its size. In this case you will have a smaller chart but your text will still be readable.

Spider chart- chart settings

4. Additional buttons

When you click on your widget 4, blue buttons appear.

Bar chart- additional buttons

The Arrow allows you to move between the different layers of the page. For example, if you add a widget in a column then you have 3 layers: the page, the column, and the widget. The arrow allows you to quickly select a different layer.

The second icon, the four arrow sign, allows you to move your widget up or down to the page.

Bar chart- additional buttons

The third icon, the page, allows you to copy this widget and the forth icon, the bin, to delete it.

What's next?

  • Renewed Report Builder-Gauge chart: Add a gauge chart to your personalized PDF report to represent average or actual scores or percentage results for question blocks or formulas. Respondents can see at a glance if they've scored towards the top-end or bottom-end of the scale. It  allows you to display a large data set visually.
  • Renewed Report Builder-Spider chart: A spider chart is a great graphic way to compare results from different questions and visualize performance, for example between school subjects or departments of a business. You can include as many axes as you want, but the most visually appealing and clear would be between three and six axes.
  • Renewed Report Builder-Bubble chart: The bubble chart widget allows your respondents to see their results from different questions but also compare them to other components. A bubble chart stands out because it allows a comparison between three variables.
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