How to Format Power BI Column Chart with an example? Formatting Power BI Column Chart includes changing the Bar Color, Title position, background colors, adding Data labels, etc.
To demonstrate these Column chart formatting options, we are going to use the Column Chart that we created earlier. Please refer Column Chart article to understand the steps involved in creating a Power BI column chart.
How to Format Power BI Column Chart
Please click on the Format button to see the list of available formatting options for this Column Chart.
Use the General Section to Change the X, Y position, Width, and height of a Column Chart.
Format X-Axis of a Power BI Column Chart
Toggle the X-Axis option from Off to On to format the X-Axis labels. Following is the list of options that are available for you to format the Horizontal axis
As you can see from the below screenshot, we change the Color to Brick red, the Font style to Georgia, and the Text Size to 20. Minimum category, Maximum Size, and Inner Padding options are to change the bar widths
By default, the X-Axis title is set to Off. But you can enable it by toggling the Title to On. Let me change the Title Color to Dark Grey, Font style to Georgia, and Title Text Size to 30
From the screenshot below, you can see the changes we made to X-Axis.
Format Power BI Column Chart Y-Axis
By toggling the Y-Axis option from Off to On, you can format the Y-Axis labels. The following are the list of options that are available for you to format the Vertical axis or Y-Axis.
From the screenshot below, you can see that we change the Y-Axis labels Color to Brick red, Text Size to 20, Font style to Georgia, and Display Units to Thousands.
By default, the Y-Axis title is set to Off. But you can enable it by toggling Title under the Y-Axis section to On. Let me change the Title Color to Dark Grey, Font style to Georgia, and Title Text Size to 30.
By toggling the Gridlines option from On to Off, you can disable the Gridlines.
- Color: You can change the Gridlines color.
- Stroke Width: Use this to change the Gridlines width. Here, we changed the width from default 1 to 2 strokes.
- Line Style: Choose the line style such as Solid, dotted, etc.
From the screenshot below, you can see all the changes we made so far to the Y-Axis.
Format Power BI Column Chart Data Colors
By default, all the Bars in the Column chart display in single default color. This Data Colors section is used to change the Bar Colors.
First, toggle Show all options from Off to On. It allows you to pick the individual color for each bar.
For the demonstration purpose, we changed the Colors of all the existing bars.
Enable Data Labels for Power BI Column Chart
Data Labels display information about the bar. In this case, it displays the Sales Amount of each bar. To enable data labels, please toggle the Data labels option to On.
Let me change the Color to Green, Display Units from Auto to Thousands, Position to Outside End (Top of the Bar), Text Size to 12, and Font family to DIN. You can also add Background color to the Data labels as well by enabling Show Background.
Format Power BI Column Chart Plot Area
You can add Images as the Background by using the Plot Area section. For demonstration purposes, we added one image as the Plot Area Background.
Format Power BI Column Chart Title
Please select the Title, and change the option from Off to On to display the Column Chart title. As you can see from the below screenshot, we change the Title Text to Sale Amount by Color. Next, Font Color to Green, Font style to Georgia, Font Size to 23, and Title Alignment to center. If you want, you can add the background color to the title as well.
Add Background Color to Column Chart in Power BI
You can add Background color to the Column Chart by toggling the Background option to On. For demonstration purposes, we are adding a background color. Here, you can change the Transparency percentage as well.
It doesn’t look very good. Let me remove the background color by clicking the Revert to the default option.
Enable Border to Column Chart in Power BI
You can add Borders to the Column Chart by toggling the Border option from Off to On. For the demonstration purpose, we enabled Borders and added Dark Grey color as the Border color.
The below screenshot shows the Column Chart after formatting.