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Chart tutorial

In ArcGIS Pro, you can visualize and explore your data using charts. Charts are a graphical representation of tabular data, which helps you gain insight into the relationships, distribution, categories, trends, and patterns in data that otherwise may be difficult to see as raw numbers in a table.

To make a chart, start with the layer you want to visualize and define the chart's variables; then adjust the chart's properties and use interactive selection to explore further. You can manage the charts that are associated with the layers in your map and finally share the chart through a layer, map, or project package, or add it to a layout.

Choose layer and chart type

You can make a chart from any map layer that has an attribute table (including stand-alone tables). If you wish to create a chart from data that is not yet in your map, add the layer to the map so it shows in the Contents pane.

  1. Select a layer in the Contents pane.
  2. On the layer's contextual Data tab, in the Visualize group, click Create Chart. Alternatively, you can right-click the layer in the Contents pane and click Create Chart.
  3. Choose the type of chart to make from the menu.

After you choose the type of chart to make, several actions occur:

  • A chart window opens. This will remain blank until you define the chart's variables.
  • The Chart Properties pane opens. Here you can define the chart variables, properties, and title text.
  • If you switch to List By Charts in the Contents pane, you will see a new chart added under the layer.
    List By Charts tab

Set chart variables and properties

To display data on the chart, you must set required chart variables by selecting attribute fields from the source layer.

  1. On the Data tab of the Chart Properties pane, select the attribute fields to use for each axis.
  2. Depending on the type of chart you are making you can adjust other properties, such as grouping (bar chart) or the number of bins (histogram).
  3. On the General tab of the Chart Properties pane, you can edit the chart and axes titles and provide a description.

After you define chart variables, the chart window will display values on the axes and data will be drawn on the chart.

Select data in the chart

A selection rectangle tool is always active when working in a chart window.

  1. Draw a rectangle to select the data objects in the chart. Alternatively, you can press the Ctrl key and click to select a single data object on the chart.
  2. When data is selected on a chart, the selection is applied to the data in the map as well as in the attribute table.
  3. You can draw a selection box where there is no chart data to clear the selection.
    Alternatively, on the Map tab, in the Selection group, you can click to Clear to clear the selection on the map, chart, and table.
Learn more about interacting with a chart

Change the appearance of a chart

When a chart window is active, a Chart Format context ribbon becomes available, allowing visual formatting of the chart. Chart formatting options include the following:

  • Changing the size, color, and style of the font used for axis titles, axis labels, description text, and legend text
  • Changing the color, width, and line type for grid and axis lines
  • Changing the background color of the chart

Manage your charts

Every layer that has an attribute table can have one or many charts. Since charts are stored as a type of layer property, you manage charts along with a list of layers in the map Contents pane.

  1. Switch to the Contents pane List By Charts tab.
  2. This displays a list of all the layers in your map, indicating which layers have charts. Each chart is listed under its source layer.
  3. To open one of the charts listed, right-click the chart and click Open.
  4. Click Delete to delete a chart.
Learn more about managing charts

Share your chart

You can package any layer that has a chart listed in the Contents pane List By Charts tab, and that chart will be maintained in the shared layer. Similarly, if you package a map containing layers with charts, or a project containing maps with layers with charts, those charts will also be maintained.

  1. On the ribbon, on the Share tab, in the Package group, click Project, Map, or Layer to create a package.
  2. The recipient of the shared package can access and manage shared charts by switching to the List By Charts tab in the Contents pane.

You can also export and share your chart as a graphic.

  1. In the chart view ribbon, click Export and save your chart as either an SVG, JPG, or PNG graphic file.
Learn more about sharing charts