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Power BI Custom Visuals - Dot Plot

Written by Devin Knight | Jul 21, 2016

In this module, you will learn how to use the Dot Plot Power BI Custom Visual. The Dot Plot is often used when visualizing a distribution of values or a count of an occurrence across different categorical data you may have. Watch this module to learn more! If you want to learn more about Power BI Custom Visuals, view my previous blog posts.

Module 08 – Dot Plot

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Key Takeaways

  • The Dot Plot is a simple visual that shows a representative number of dots for the value you wish to display.

The dot chart color can easily be changed under the Format settings.

  • Under the Format paintbrush there are only a few relevant properties worth noting for the Dot Plot under the X-Axis, Data labels, and Data color sections.
  • The X-Axis section gives you the ability to turn off the title on the chart’s x-axis.  You can also change the color of the category labels here, which I recommend making a more bold color than the default color.

  • The Data colors property allow you to adjust the color that’s used throughout the chart.  I would love to see in the future if this could be split into multiple colors based on different series on the chart.  For the time being it’s a simple property for setting the color for the entire chart.

  • Finally, in the Data labels property you can change the following on the data labels that appear above each chart value:
    • Text Size
    • Decimal Places
    • Display Units (None, Thousands, Millions, Billions, Trillions)
    • Color

  • In addition to these properties you have a set of settings that appears on every visual to adjust the background color, add a border around the visual and lock the aspect ratio.

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You will always be able to find this video module and advanced viewing of future modules on the Pragmatic Works On-Demand Training Platform.