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Chart frames

A chart is a graphical representation of tabular data. Visualizing data through charts helps to uncover patterns, trends, relationships, and structure in data that may otherwise be difficult to see as raw numbers in a table. Use charts in conjunction with maps to explore your data or to help tell a story.

Changes to charts are made when the Chart view is open. Using the Format tab and the Chart Properties pane, you can modify the appearance of the chart's titles and description text.

Changes can also be made to the container of the chart on the layout, known as the chart frame. Chart frame properties such as the background, border, and shadow can be made on the Format tab. Adjustments to visibility, chart references, and placement are made via the Format Chart Frame pane.

Learn more about charts

Add a chart frame to a layout

To add a chart to a layout, ensure that the layout contains a map frame that has layers that contain charts.

Learn how to make a chart

  1. With the Layout view selected, click the Insert tab.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Map Surrounds group, click the Chart Create Chart drop-down menu and choose a chart in your project.

    You can also add a chart frame to a layout by activating the map frame on the layout. In the Contents pane, click List by Charts List By Charts. Layers in the map with associated charts are shown. To add one to the layout, right-click the chart and click Add to layout Add to layout.

    The chart frame appears on the layout and is selected. The map frame is longer activated.

Format a chart

The way individual chart elements, such as the title, axis labels, and description text, appear on the layout is determined by how the chart was defined. To make changes to the chart on the layout, open the chart in the Chart view.

  1. With the Layout view selected, click the Contents pane, right-click a layer that contains a chart, and click Open Open.
  2. With the Chart view open, on the ribbon, under Chart, click the Format tab. In the Current Selection group, choose the chart element to format.
  3. Depending on the selection, you will be able to modify the Symbol and Text Symbol settings. Changes to chart elements automatically update on the layout.
  4. In the Chart Properties pane, on the Data tab, you can change the variables of the chart, such as Category, Date or Number, Aggregation, and Series.
  5. On the General tab, you can change the Chart title, X and Y axis titles, and Description.

Format the chart frame

Chart frame refers to the container of the chart on the layout. The appearance of a chart frame's background, border, and shadow on the layout can be changed from the Format tab. For example, the steps below provide instructions to change the background color of the chart.

  1. On the Layout view, select a the chart on the layout. On the ribbon, under Chart Frame, click the Format tab.
  2. In the Current Selection group, click the drop-down menu and choose Background.
  3. In the Background group, use the gallery to change the fill color.

To change another element of the chart frame, choose it from the Current Selection group.

Modify chart frame properties

The Format Chart Frame pane allows you to change additional properties, such as the chart frame's visibility and locked status on the layout, as well as its placement. If a layer has multiple charts, you can also change the chart that the chart frame is referencing.

  1. On the Layout view, right-click a chart and click Properties.

    The Format Chart Frame pane opens.

  2. On the Format Chart Frame pane, on the Options tab, you can change the chart frame's Name and Visibility.
    • If there are multiple charts for a given layer, you can change the chart that the map frame is referencing from the Chart drop-down menu.
    • You can also choose to Only show chart data that is visible in the map frame. With this option, only data that is visible on the map is included in the chart. This is particularly useful when you are using map series. If a map series is defined, you can choose whether to chart data that is visible anywhere in the map frame or data that is inside the current map series page shape.
  3. To change the chart frame's size and position, click the Placement tab.

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