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In data visualization, an area chart is an extension of a line graph. It combines the line chart and the bar chart to reveal how one or more groups' numeric values change over a second variable.

An area chart is a great chart to visualize a volume change over a period of time. It gives a sense of summation of the quantitative data.

Data is plotted on the x- and y-axis. D values are plotted using data points that are connected using line segments. Unlike inline charts, the area between the line and x-axis is filled with color or shading in an area chart.

There are three main variations on this chart:

  1. Stacked area chart 
  2. Percent stacked area chart 
  3. Range area chart
Area Chart Use Cases

Area charts are excellent when describing the overall trend, as opposed to the individual values. Use a stacked area chart for multiple data series with part-to-whole relationships or for cumulative series of values.

Say you have the quarterly sales data for five years. If you want to facilitate a general comparison for your audience, you will use a column or bar chart.

If you're going to reveal the trend of how sales have changed over the years, you will use a line chart or an area chart.

Here, we'll give an overview of each and describe how to create all four area charts in Wyn Enterprise

Creating Area Charts in Wyn Enterprise

Wyn Enterprise Dashboards have four kinds of Area charts: Basic Area Chart, Stacked area chart, Range Area Chart, and the Percent stacked area chart.

Here, we'll show you how easy it is to create area charts in Wyn Enterprise. You can skip ahead chapters to individually view the steps for each chart type.

How to Create a Basic Area Chart

From the Wyn Dashboard interface, select the visualizations icon.   

Click and drag the "Area Chart" onto the Dashboard canvas.  

Select the data binding tab. Under "Values" you will add the data you are comparing. Under Axis, add data for the x-axis.

To adjust the design, select the Inspector Tab, next to the Data Binding tab. Here you can adjust the palette, text, and other design properties.

Create a Stacked Area Chart

From the Wyn Dashboard interface, select the visualizations icon.   

Click and drag the "Stacked Area Chart" onto the Dashboard canvas.  

Select the data binding tab. Under "Values" you will add the data you are comparing. Under Axis, add data for the x-axis.

To adjust the design, select the Inspector Tab, next to the Data Binding tab. Here you can adjust the palette, text, and other design properties. 

Create a Percent Stacked Area Chart

From the Wyn Dashboard interface, select the visualizations icon.   

Click and drag the "Percent Stacked Area Chart" onto the Dashboard canvas.  

Select the data binding tab. Under "Values" you will add the data you are comparing. Under Axis, add data for the x-axis. 

To adjust the design, select the Inspector Tab, next to the Data Binding tab. Here you can adjust the palette, text, and other design properties.   

Create a Range Area Chart

From the Wyn Dashboard interface, select the visualizations icon.  

Click and drag the "Range area chart" onto the Dashboard canvas. 

Select the data binding tab. Under "Values" you will add the data you are comparing. Under Axis, add data for the x-axis. 

To adjust the design, select the Inspector Tab, next to the Data Binding tab. Here you can adjust the palette, text, and other design properties. 

Understand the Story Behind Your Data

Wyn Enterprise is an embedded BI and data analytics platform that provides greater insights into your data.

Wyn offers built-in tools for report and dashboard creationmulti-tenancydata governancesecurity integration, automated document distribution, and a business-user-friendly interface for self-service business intelligence.

About the author

Laurie Smith

Laurie A. Smith is the Product Marketing Manager for Wyn Enterprise. She managed content development at GrapeCity's Developer Tools Division before moving to the Wyn Enterprise Business Intelligence Team. Laurie holds an MFA in Film and Digital Media Production from Chatham University, an MBA & a Master's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition to working in technology, she also loves beekeeping, the horror movie genre, and carefully cultivating sunflowers. Reach out to her at laurie.smith@grapecity.com or find her on LinkedIn.
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