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Pie Charts

Of all charts, the pie chart is the easiest to understand. Pieces (slices) of the pie are drawn to represent the relative value of a measurable item category to the whole. Pie charts represent additional dimensions of data by further subdividing the pie.

In a pie chart, Request items placed in the X-Categories pane represent itemized slices of the pie. Request items placed in the Y-Facts pane define the quantitative whole of the pie.

Pie Chart

Creating a Pie Chart

To create a pie chart:

  1. From the Chart drop-down list, select Pie.
  2. Drag a value from the Catalog pane to the Y-Facts pane in Outliner.
  3. An pie chart without slices appears.

  4. Drag one or more label items from the Catalog pane to the X-Categories pane in Outliner.
  5. The pie charts is differentiated to reflect subcategories. A legend depicting details of the selection appears.

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    Note   Since pie charts plot data using only two axes, the Z-Categories pane in Outliner when creating a pie chart.

Positioning Pie Slices

You can pull individual pie slices out of the pie chart.

To toggle the position of a pie slice:

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Select a slice of the pie and choose Pull Out Slice on the shortcut menu.

A check mark appears on the shortcut menu next to Pull Out Slice to indicate that this feature is active. Choose this option again to clear the check mark and restore the pie slice to its original position.

Showing Positive and Negative Values

Pie slices show positive values by default.

To toggle the display of negative and positive values:

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Select a slice of the pie and choose Show Negative Values on the shortcut menu.

A check mark appears next to Show Negative Values to indicate that negative values are shown. Choose this option again to clear the check mark and show positive values.

Showing Pie Percentages

To toggle the display of each pie slice value as a percentage:

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Select a slice of the pie and choose Show Pie Percentages on the shortcut menu.

A check mark appears next to Show Pie Percentages to indicate that percentages are displayed on the chart (in parentheses next to the pie chart label). Choose this option again to clear the check mark and remove the percentages from view.

Adding Lines to Labels

To add a pointer line between an individual pie slice and its label:

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Select the pie slice to which you want to add a pointer and choose Format then Line To Label.

Rotating Pie Charts

To rotate the perspective angle or elevation of a pie chart:

  1. Click Rotate on the shortcut menu.
  2. The rotate icon appears on the pie chart.

  3. Click the rotate icon and move the dotted line to a new location.
  4. When you release the mouse button, the chart is redrawn to reflect the adjusted perspective. If you cannot drag the rotate icon in a certain direction, the chart has reached its farthest possible rotation in that direction.


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