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Give that stacked bar chart a facelift


We all know and love the stacked bar chart. It has a bucket-full of uses, from instant analysis to variations in data, and they are easy to interpret. Sometimes, they can look a little standard with their squared-off boxy ends. Well, let's give our trusty friend a little face-lift.


It is a look that I am starting to use across many of the dashboard that my clients are asking for. It just gives them a nicer, slicker look.


I am going to use the Superstore data-set that comes with Tableau.


Step 1. Add Sum of Sales to Columns Shelf and Country on to Rows

Step 2. Copy the Sum of Sales as a second metric to the Columns Shelf. (Ctrl + Drag)

Step 3: Set the second Sum of Sales to a Dual Axis. Right Click the pill and select Dual Axis. Then change the Marks card for the Dual Axis to a circle.



Step 4. Now you need to synchronize the axis. Turn off the Marks Labels.

Step 5. Then simply change the size of the circle slightly so it gives the tip of the bar chart a rounded look.

Step 6. Finish off by hiding the top axis. Right Click and un-select Show Header.



You now have a stacked bar chart with a face-lift.


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