About this lesson
Working with Pie and Donut charts in Power BI.
When to use
Pie and Donut charts can be used to show the proportion on one value vs the whole.
Pie Charts and donut charts are very similar, with the latter essentially just being a Pie chart with a hole in the middle.
- Drag your descriptive Field into the Legend area. The unique items in this field will make up each slice.
- The measure(s) to indicate the size of the slices should be dropped into the Values area.
- The Details field allows further subdividing the pie into smaller slices color coded to the Legend. Use this field with caution as it tends to create too many data points.
- Dragging multiple fields into the Legend area will activate Drill Down
- Dragging multiple fields into the Value area will subdivide the pie slices
- Visual formatting can be done via the fields under the paint roller in the Visualizations area
Hints & tips
Try to avoid using pie charts for more than three series of data, as they are too hard to read
Common Modifications for Pie Charts
- Providing a custom title for the chart
- Modifying the Data colors
- Replacing them with bar or column charts
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